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#WeeklyRoundUp — July So Fly

July is coming to a close, but not before we take a peek at some of our favorite events and past times. This week, we’re sharing a few travel plans, what looks fun and how you can get in on the action, too. Take a moment to get into this Weekly Round Up so you can stay fly in July, too.

3 Fun Events to Close Out July

July: Blogalicious Miami Pop Up

Stacey’s down south for a little fun in the sun (and business, as usual), and she wants to see you at her pop up! That’s right, we’re inviting all of our Florida friends to register for Stacey’s FREE Blogalicious Miami Pop Up on Friday, July 22. The event will start at 8:00 PM EST at Novecento in Key Biscayne, Florida.

You’ll get a sneak peek at our plans for this year’s November conference *and* some major coaching from our rock star leader, Stacey Ferguson! Spend three hours networking, building relationships, learning how to better navigate entrepreneurship, and drinking!

Register for Cocktails and Coaching with Stacey HERE! This event is free and first come, first serve. Don’t forget to take tons of photos for the ‘gram!

 

July: BlogHer16 Welcomes Kim Kardashian West as Keynote Speaker

Our friends at BlogHer are bringing Kim Kardashian West to their summer conference to talk about “Growing Her Media and Commerce Empire, the Responsibility of Social Influence, and What’s Next”. Kim has single-handedly mastered the art of branding, marketing and what it means to be a serial #girlboss.

“Kim made TIME’s 100 Most Influential People list in 2015, and for good reason: From the foundation of the long-running reality TV show she executive produces, ‘Keeping Up with the Kardashians’, she has built a massive business that includes one of the most popular apps to date, several apparel ventures, and legions of loyal social media fans,” said Elisa Camahort Page, SheKnows Media’s Chief Community Officer. “Kim, at her core, is an undeniably savvy businesswoman.”

Camahort Page continued, “In addition to her business prowess, Kim is at the center of many cultural conversations, particularly around body confidence and the intersection of feminism and sexuality. We respect Kim’s unapologetic stance when participating in these conversations, and we are thrilled to welcome Kim to #BlogHer16: Experts Among Us to give attendees the opportunity to hear her perspective on her own influence and accomplishments.”

Additionally, speaking giants such as Aisha Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Mayim Bialik will accompany the BlogHer stage in just a few weeks. Read the full Press Release here. BlogHer16: Experts Amoung Us will take place in Los Angeles, California from August 4-6. Get your tickets here.

 

July: ColorComm Conference

Last and certainly not least, we want to congratulate Stacey Ferguson on her speaking engagement at ColorComm Conference, which is happening now in Miami, Florida. Stacey spoke on Social Media Bytes session with Weber Shandwick today and we know it was a success. The conference ends on July 22, so move fast if you’re interested in buying last minute tickets. You’ll find Arianna Huffington of The Huffington Post; Michelle Eubanks of Essence Communications; Phillip Thomas of Cannes Lions Festival; and Mónica Talán of Univision Communications.

If you’re at ColorComm, tweet us @beblogalicious about your experience thus far!

 

Enjoy the rest of July!

ANNOUNCEMENT: Meet the 2016 Blogalicious Weekend VIP Mastermind Speakers!

Last year at Blogalicious Weekend 2015, we launched the first ever VIP Mastermind Day. The event was a full room of 50 empire builders and social media influencers who were serious about elevating their brand to the next level.

3 Reasons to Join Our VIP Mastermind Day

1. Advanced level content that you won’t find anywhere else! If you’re in a place where Google searching leads you nowhere fast, it’s time to up the ante just a bit. You don’t need generic content, exercises and presentations. You need the advanced information that can change your life when implemented. We’re giving you this for starters.

2. Targeted strategies from Power Presenters! Who better to get hands-on strategies from than the Power Presenters who’ve used and profited from them first hand? This workshop will give you the opportunity to engage with our presenters and guests face-to-face and share strategies for content building for your blog or business.

3. Networking with others who are crazy passionate like you in a safe environment! Imagine 50 of your smartest and most focused colleagues together, in a room, talking empire-building strategies with no-holds barred – for an entire day. THIS is what VIP Mastermind Day is all about and we want you to grow from that experience. Plus, you’ll get access to the full Blogalicious Weekend Conference pass.

We are proud to present the 2016 Mastermind Day Power lineup and session topics:

Stacey Ferguson, Blogalicious + Justice Fergie Lifestyle Media

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Amber Anderson, KAYSON

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Arsha Jones, Tees In the Trap + Capital City Mambo Sauce + Brand, Build, Sell

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Spaces are limited and you don’t want to miss out! You don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what last year’s attendees had to say:

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The event is on Thursday, November 3rd at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta. It’s an all day strategy meeting followed by a VIP cocktail reception. Your VIP ticket includes access to full series of Blogalicious Weekend events and meals on Friday and Saturday as well!

Click HERE to register. See you in Atlanta!

 

 

Blog Tip: Clean Up Your Blog

A fresh and updated blog makes it easier for potential customers and readers to navigate your webspace. Want comments on your blog posts? Set up a simple commenting system. Want readers to share your content? Enable the proper plugins for them to use. Let’s go through a few more checks and balances that will help you clean up your blog in 30 minutes or less.

 

Clean Up Your Blog

 

10 Questions to Help Clean Up Your Blog in 30 Minutes

1. Are your plugins up to date?

2. Is your version of WordPress up to date?

3. Have you responded to those comments sitting in your Comments box?

4. Can people share your content easily? Plugins to try: Simple Share, AddToAny, WP Sharing, Social Share Buttons.

5. Is your new content automatically shared to your social media pages?

6. Are your social media fields properly filled out? When someone hovers over the social icons on your blog, make sure that you’re redirecting them to your Facebook and Twitter accounts, not facebook.com or twitter.com. Instead, change those fields to URL of your social page, like this: http://facebook.com/beblogalicious.

7. Do you need all of your plugins? Too many plugins can slow down your site. Only use what you need and consider removing those of no value.

8. Do you have enough plugins? On the contrary, you may not be using the right plugins for your audience or needs. Identify the important things you want to know about your audience and seek plugins that benefit those needs. A few to consider are Google Analytics, Share This, Yoast SEO and Click to Tweet.

9. Are your permalinks properly set up?

10. Can you commit to a blog clean up once a quarter?

Most of these issues can simply be fixed by familiarizing yourself with the Settings in your dashboard or each plugin. Our best advice for maintaining a clean blog is to properly fill out designated text fields, or questions, you’re being asked. Keeping up to date on these things will not only save you time in the long run, but will provide your audience with a quicker and pleasant visiting experience.

What will you do to clean up your blog today?

On Freedom, Injustice & Power of Speaking Out

We prepared ourselves for a three-day weekend last week with glee and excitement. Cookouts, fireworks, family time, lazy beach days, no emails and sound sleep congregated on the minds of many. This, and being able to celebrate that we’re healthy and free on Independence Day, is what moved us along. Tuesday morning, we returned refreshed and ready to pick up where we left off at work. Except this didn’t happen for Alton Sterling, 37-year-old Baton Rouge man who was killed by police in front of Triple S Food Mart.

Sterling was a family man like many of our loved ones. Known around town as the “CD Man”, Sterling sold CDs to provide for his wife and three children. On July 5, police officers responded to an anonymous tip about Sterling waving a gun in the process of selling those CDs. It seems that without much conversation or explanation from the now slain Sterling, the two police officers reacted to his size, skin color and gun possession as a means to shoot him four or five times in the back. Within minutes, Sterling was dead and his family now dismantled.

The next day, July 6, a 32-year-old Minnesota man by the name of Philando Castile was shot to death for gun possession, too. Castile was the passenger in his girlfriend’s car when police pulled them over for a busted taillight. Like many of us are taught to do in these times, Castile complied with the officers and told them that he had a gun. He, too, was shot four times within minutes by police as his four-year-old daughter watched in the backseat.

 

 

Sterling and Castile were armed citizens with gun permits in open carry states. The fact that they were senselessly and violently killed in a country that just celebrated freedom and liberty three days ago is a problem.

Our mission at Blogalicious is “to grow a supportive and vibrant community of influencers that celebrates digital diversity.” Our 3-fold objective is:

  • to be THE go-to destination and resource for influential multicultural women social media enthusiasts from all over the world to collaborate, connect and uplift one another;
  • to showcase the value of the demographic in today’s marketplace to marketers; and
  • to serve as a think tank and mouthpiece for causes, policies and issues affecting the multicultural digital space.

We’ve achieved those things and would be totally remiss not to speak up about the racial injustice and violence happening all over our country. Sterling and Castile reminds us of the work we all must do to prevent these kind of tragedies and to truly obtain freedom for minorities in America. If one or two of us are not free, none of us are.

Our hearts are broken for these men, their families and Black people in America. The unfortunate murders of two innocent men (and those before them) cannot be undone, but we can act towards change. Now, we’re asking for your help, too.

 

 

Today, we encourage you to mobilize and connect and uplift each other. Use your platform to bravely share your thoughts, frustrations, and condolences to those who cannot speak for themselves. Don’t be afraid to talk about racial injustice and police brutality! Get involved in your local communities — ask questions, provide insight, listen to and empathize with others. Stand up for who and what you believe in fearlessly and unapologetically. Educate your families on what’s happening and write down ways you can collectively help. Lastly and most importantly, be smart and kind in all you are doing!

Let us leave you with these words from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr:

Speak Out injustice

 

Will you join us and speak out against police brutality and racial injustice today?

#WeeklyRoundUp — Read Like An Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur isn’t always fun and games. Sure, there are perks, like taking impromptu nap breaks, leaving early to run family errands and creating resourceful products that’ll increase your earning potential. But the crux of entrepreneurship is often that we don’t understand it’s complex world too much in the beginning of our journeys. If you find yourself wading in these waters often, now would be a great time to invest in entrepreneurial reading material both on-and-offline. Find interviews and editorials from bosses in the game that you look up to and apply their wisdom to your situation. We believe in a good boss read, whether it’s a magazine, ezine, podcast or book, and want to share a few of them with you today in our Weekly Round Up.

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7 Tools to Help You Read Like An Entrepreneur

1. Fast Company 

2. YFS Magazine (Young, Fabulous & Self-Employed)

3. Entrepreneur

4. Forbes

5. Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso

6. My Taught You by Myleik Teele

7. OWN by Oprah Winfrey (and pretty much anything Oprah publishes! Her gems are pivotal for both business and self-care.)

 

 

If you aren’t reading entrepreneurial literature at least once a week, consider using one of these tools to introduce you to that. You are bound to learn better ways to think, operate your business, handle stress and mounting responsibilities, how to select a dedicated team, freelancers for-hire, new trends and tools, and the best places to vacation. We also encourage you to find a mentor (or two) as they will guide you to more reading and learning materials and how to truly make entrepreneurship work for you. Consider your local SCORE office or social media groups as resources during your mentor search.

What are your favorite boss publications to read? What’s the best thing you’ve learned from them so far? If you don’t have one, which publication do you plan to start reading this week? Share with us in the comments or on social media.

Here’s Why You Should Take the iBlog Magazine 2016 Influencer Survey
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iBlog Magazine recently hosted a survey where they asked 10,000 women influencers and bloggers from various niches about their blog life. The survey asks detailed questions that gauge how bloggers are making money, where it comes from, if they enjoy those avenues and what they’d like to see in the future from brands, agencies, firms and PR representatives. Surveys like these give bloggers and influencers the chance to speak up and share both positive and negative work experiences. Being that it is also in-depth and leaves no stones unturned, the survey-taker is afforded the chance to self-check and realize areas of opportunity.

 

6 Reasons to Take the iBlog Magazine Influencer Survey

With this survey, iBlog Magazine plans to accomplish the following:

  • Aggregate thousands of survey responses
  • Analyze and produce the survey findings and trends from last year’s survey
  • Deliver findings to Industry Experts to analyze and provide their feedback
  • Compile, design and layout 50+ page standalone Report
  • Compile, design, and layout the July/August Feature article with findings & Experts Feedback
  • Prepare for Print magazine, digital magazine and Standalone Report to go out in July

 

With 10,000 women influncers and bloggers taking this 10 minute survey, we’re confident that they’ve accomplished these goals and so much more! To sweeten the pot, survey-takers have a chance to win one of five $50 Amazon gift cards and a discount code for 50% off an iBlog digital magazine membership.

If you haven’t taken the iBlog Survey already, hurry and do it! We encourage you to take the 2016 Women’s Influencer Industry and Business Survey and join over 10,000 of your peers in 25+ blogging niches to reveal how women bloggers and influencers make money, use social media tools, spend their time and interact with brands.

Click here to take the survey http://bit.ly/iBlogsurvey16  #iBlogSurvey16

 

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#WeeklyRoundUp — Retreats, Recaps & Reshares!

From recaps to retreats to heartfelt content, amazing things are happening in our community every day! Today’s round up reveals what caught our eye, and hopefully, it inspires you, too. Here’s this week’s Weekly Round Up.

 


Rockstar Beach Retreat by Stacey Ferguson

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Replenish and rejuvenate on a sandy white beach with Stacey Ferguson! During the weekend of August 11-14, Stacey will show 10 passionate entrepreneurs how to “reignite your creativity and refuel your engines”. The setting will be relaxed, intimate and allow for direct access and connection to Stacey, who’s an expert business and strategy coach. Couldn’t you use a getaway and serious reboot in sunny St. Pete, Florida? Yes!

The deadline for deposits is tomorrow, 6/30/16! For only $997, you’ll receive: Poolside Cocktail reception, Breakfast and Lunch Friday + Saturday, Strategy Coaching Sessions, Dinner on Saturday + special surprises.

We’re proud of you, Stacey! Get more information here.

 

An Awesome Recap from Her Agenda

Founder and CEO Rhonesha Byng is doing wonders with her digital brand, Her Agenda. Their goal is to bridge the gap between ambition and achievement for millennial women.

In a flash back post on Facebook, Rhonesha shared an epic December panel called #HerAgendaLive that was too inspiring not to share. The panel consisted of Meagan Hooper, Founder and CEO of bSmartGuide.com; Victoria Taylor, Director of Digital Community, We Work; Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group; and Vanessa DeLuca, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine. Rhonesha moderated what was an exciting and thought-provoking event.

Millennials filled the room as these boss women talked about how they handle failure, overcoming inevitable fears and what it really means to be ambitious. The next #HerAgendaLive will take place in NYC in August. Take some time to feel this one, first.

 

#ReShare: Social Threads or Bust

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Supporting our community is paramount. That’s why we implemented Social Thread Fridays through the Blogalicious Social Suite to share and celebrate our collective wins. Each week, we give our family the chance to share their latest blog post, tweet, pin, business opportunity and anything else that needs engagement and/or feedback. Here’s are a few #reshares from the Suite last week:

Have I Ever Wanted to Give Up on Trying to Conceive? from Chasing Joy

Don’t Touch My Baby from Eyes in the Back Since 2001

5 Steps to Manifesting Anything from Diary of a Budding Hairstylist

I’m Not Happy About My Blog Relaunch from After the Altar Call

Don’t forget to share your best content with us on Fridays! You might be featured next.

 

Bonus: Product Spotlight — Get your That Blogger Hustle t-shirt from the bStore!

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To be featured in our next #WeeklyRoundUp, email our content manager at: ariel@beblogalicious.com and put WRU Feature in the subject line.

Blog Tip: Listen to Your Inner Voice
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This post isn’t informational or about the latest product, tool or blog tip. Instead, it’s purpose is to encourage anyone struggling with taking their brands and ideas to the next level. The solution to regaining your footing in any situation is to listen to your inner voice. Here’s what we mean.

Listening to your inner voice requires making adult decisions about what happens next in your life and business. We can attest to how difficult this can be when focus is lacking, and set on other’s moves and success. But there comes a time when you must assess where you are and see if your current track aligns with your goals.

 

 

Ask yourself these questions:

1. Am I happy with the current results of my brand?

2. Is there anything else I could or should be doing to strengthen my skills and outcome?

3. Who can help me achieve these goals?

4. How did I fall off track in the first place?

5. Are there things that I no longer want to encounter while on this journey?

6. When was the last time I actually listened to myself — my desires, goals and needs?

 

Quick Ways to Listen to Your Inner Voice

Every morning, take 5 minutes to meditate, pray and/or think in solitude. Use one of your mornings to answer the above questions, while reminiscing on your reason(s) for starting this journey in the first place. Your initial mission might have changed over the past few months or few years — that’s absolutely fine! Your job is simply to acknowledge that change and reboot where necessary.

The benefits to listening to your inner voice are that you will compare yourself to your colleagues less and congratulate your own success more. You’ll begin (again) to appreciate small wins and proudly watch them stack into big ones. Without realizing it, your confidence will increase, thus allowing your true colors to shine through. Listen to your inner voice to get to the next step in your journey as an entrepreneur, blogger, brand builder, business owner, family (wo)man and so much more.

 

 

Team Blogalicious shares what listening to themselves has done for their businesses:

“‘If people are turned off by your brand name, those are probably not the people you want to work with anyway’ was my own advice I took when starting up. I’m glad I did because my name stands out, is easily recognizable and memorable and speaks to exactly what I offer. It’s my short elevator pitch!” — Terrance Gaines, Technology Advisor |  @Brotha Tech

“It’s worth it to do what you’re truly passionate about, not what makes the most money. When you’re passionate, the money will come. When you’re not, people will be able to tell.” — Cara Paige, Marketing Director | @CvrPaige @CaraPaigePR

“For the sake of your conscious and heart, do what feels right. Focus on what you’re good at, not your competition. Being honest with yourself will help you produce the best products for your audience, thus making your relationships authentic and real.” — Ariel Williams, Digital Content Manager | @ArielSaysNow

What do you hope to accomplish by listening to your inner voice?

5 Blog Tips From Stacey Ferguson

Last week I asked Team Blogalicious if there were any blog tips they wish they’d known before starting their blogs and ultimately, their digital brands. My well had run dry and I needed this information for our Blog Tips series. We’re busy putting the finishing touches on Blogalicious Weekend 2016 so I didn’t expect quick or too in depth responses from the team. I thought I’d eventually pull a tip or two from my arsenal of collected information, as I manage a few blogs anyway, and forge to the next week. Before I could pull anything, I received a Group Me text from Stacey, who’d excitedly shared precious gems she wished she’d known pre-blog life!

Coming from a place of love, wisdom and experience, Stacey’s advice is useful for both the new and seasoned blogger. Take a moment to and see which tip you can use this week.

 

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5 BLOG TIPS FROM STACEY FERGUSON


1. “Your blog focus will evolve and change.”

She also adds that stressing about rebranding is unnecessary. It is bound to happen as your blog changes and grows. Instead of being overcome by fear, pat yourself on the back for getting that much close to your purpose.

 

 

2. “Ask for help.”

When it comes to managing your blog, can you name a few things you’d rather delegate to someone else? It could be help designing your theme, editing posts, SEO, graphics, or scheduling. Whatever your reasons for needing help, don’t be afraid to ask for it! You’d be surprised by how often others are willing to pitch in and reduce your work load.

 

3. “Invest in your blog design!”

Stacey says, “You have to LOVE your blog design in order for you to be proud and excited enough to share it far and wide. Invest in that!” Enough said.

 

4. “Don’t neglect your blog.”

You’ve worked so hard to get your blog to where it is. Regardless of those inevitable blog lows, you’ve got to keep pushing. This is your piece of the Internet — your brand, your voice and your all. Treating it as such might mean that you should implore one of the above tips.

 

 

5. “Networking and conferences are critical to success!”

New Stability shared 3 reasons why it’s important to attend conferences and events — demonstrate value, keep up appearances and inspiration. Here’s a good tidbit from their post:

“By holding talks with people that are perhaps more informed, you can stay one step ahead of the curve. If you have a particularly strong relationship with someone, you might just be the first (or even only) person to get your hands on this info. You know what that means? A head start on the competition.”

 

 

Simply put: We agree! Meet us in Atlanta for Blogalicious Weekend in November to learn this one for yourself! Which blog tip resonated with you the most?


Ariel C. Williams is the Digital Content Manager at Blogalicious. Email her at: ariel@beblogalicious.com.

#WeeklyRoundUp — Speak & Be Self Made
#WeeklyRoundUp -- Speak & Be Self Made

With conference season being on our heels, now is the perfect time to prepare for securing speaking engagements. We’ve found the perfect person to teach any willing and aspiring speaker how to “create an irresistible pitch to speak at conferences!” We’re also introducing the latest and greatest read, Self Made, and replaying our Facebook blab. This is our Weekly Round Up!


Pitch & Speak at Conferences

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Amber Wright has branded herself at the go-to for all things speaking and for great reason! For the past several years, she’s dedicated herself to helping stuck, but aspiring professionals speak at large events from the heart. Last month, Wright hosted (a sold out) webinar for those individuals who left remarkable reviews. Stacey Ferguson even chimed in on how amazing Professor Wright is!

For those of you who missed last month’s Irresistible Pitch Training, now is the time to sign up for Wright’s next class, which will be held on June 14, 2016 on the interwebs. Candidates can sign up here for this complimentary class. Directly from the course website, here’s what you’ll learn:

You’ll learn:

  • Why you should start speaking at conferences
  • What to do before you send the session pitch
  • Specific details on what to include in the session pitch
  • What to do after you’ve sent your submission
  • How to get invited back after you’ve presented!

Congratulations, Amber! We’re excited for your next class.

 

Nely Galan’s Self Made Book is in Stores!

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“Being self-made means you’re in the driver’s seat of your life. It means you control your financial destiny. It means you work because you want to, and not because you have to. It means you see the world through the lens of your goals, instead of being deluded by the temporary lure of instant gratifications. It means you embrace sacrifice, you choose yourself, and you become your own Prince Charming. But above all, being self-made means you are self-reliant, empowered and rich in every way, because instead of following your bliss–you create it.”

Nely Galan’s Self Made, now in stores, provides a safe and motivational space for women unashamed of being the boss of their own life. Whether that ownership comes in the boardroom, in love and relationships, motherhood or elsewhere, this book empowers women to feel at their best while living the lives their desire and deserve. Women are constantly told to choose, but leaders like Galan remind us that with a strong and positive mindset and standards, we don’t have to. In fact, we can choose to have our versions of “all”.

In addition to this fantastic read, Self Made  promotes a new website, app and powerful movement of women like you sharing their stores. Learn more about the book here.

 

#Blab — Facebook Verified Pages: To Verify or Not to Verify

Did you miss our Blab about the dreaded Verified Pages on Facebook? No worries! Our bLink manager Pamela Swear-King provided us with her exceptional interview to share with the community. Now our question for you is: Will you verify your Facebook page? Why or why not?


Reminder: Enter our #WhosThatGirlB8 contest for a chance to win a FREE 2-night stay at The Grand Hyatt Hotel in Buckhead during #Blogalicious8! Here are the details of the contest. Hurry — contestants are vying for this win!

WTG HOTEL

 

To be featured in our next #WeeklyRoundUp, email our content manager at: ariel@beblogalicious.com and put WRU Feature in the subject line.

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