June 12

This is a “to-do” plan for my blog. An outline, some time blocking, some goals, all steps to grow my blog.

In other words, GET ORGANIZED and stick to it.

The purpose is to keep myself accountable. Plan and accomplish.

After all, as goal-setting experts advise, put it out there, it helps with accountability.

Grow My Blog: Cooking On The Ranch.  Western Flair, Rocky Mountain Air…Let’s Cook

This Week – I had to travel for work and haven’t had time to prepare and plan a new recipe post. I’ve decided to send a newsletter with a “6 Shrimp Salad Recipes you Should Cook this Summer.  All links to Shrimp Salad recipes from my blog. Completely new for me, I’ll see how this is received.

I’m also in the process of fixing 100 broken links.  I’m finding restaurants go out of business. Why link to them in the future?

reinvest

$$ Spent on Promotions and Results:

  • FACEBOOK – Re-targeted Ad. – Started May 23. To spend $30. I’m hoping for 30 new likes. $1 a like?  Worth it?  Doesn’t matter, it was rejected again. I’ll just promote a post that’s doing well going forward.

 

STATIONERY(5)

These are the ads I’ve placed so far on my blog.  Income.  (1 Change From Week One)

GOOGLE: CPA (cost per action)

  • 1 small banner ad in center of post

GOURMET ADS: CPM (per impression)

  • 1 ad on sidebar
  • 1 banner ad above blog

THE DAILY MEAL:

  • 1 banner in the Footer of my blog. I’m not sure what this does. Research on what the benefits are.

I have applied for BLOGHER Network for Advertising income.  DONE Week eight and I’m still waiting.  🙂

I have a banner on my side bar from Foodie Blogroll. Applied for Publisher Program. Still waiting.

Affiliate Partner

I’m new at partnering with Affiliates. Starting out slow. (No change from Week One)

  • Commission Junction, Sur-la-table Affiliate
  • Amazon Affiliate: straight commission
    • 1 square ad at bottom of post
    • Ad in mail chimp campaign

Social Media

Good Read From Simple Pin:  http://www.simplepinmedia.com/build-email-list-using-pinterest/

*GOOD READ:  Pinterest Campaign Tips

STATIONERY(1)

Facebook Sharing Groups: Try one per week and monitor results.

  • Yummly Sharing Group – 4/5 posted my Hatch Green Chile Pasta and started sharing. 16 people yummed my post.
  • Grow Your Blog -week of 4/11
    • Monday: posted Three Cheese Chicken Lasagna. This is an easier challenge. Pinterest. You only need to pin 10 from the submissions. Not everyone’s. I received 11 repins.
    • Tuesday: Facebook. All or nothing. Visit each page, like two posts, comment on one. I tagged my Coors Field Taco Dog to be at the top of my page. I received 32 likes, 20-ish comments and 9 new page likes. I’d say that was worth the 30 minute time investment.
  • Share My Post: 5/23 I posted my “Best Grilled Chicken”  in the Pinterest area. Got 22 pins out of about 30 participants. Took about 20 minutes. I was pleased.
  • Show Me The Facebook Love
  • Culinary Club Network – I posted my first recipe in this group, 4/18.  Colorado Creme.

scoreboard

  • FACEBOOK: 2,394 (+29)
  • PINTEREST: 7,431 (+237)
  • G+: 26,268 (+75)
  • G+ COOKING ON THE RANCH COLLECTION: 47,351 (+3497)
  • G+ TOTAL IMPRESSIONS: 2, 410,248 – now at 9,142,036 (increase in 3 months- wow)
  • TWITTER: 1,652 (+21)
  • INSTAGRAM: 194 (+3)
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 988 (+63)
  • BOUNCE RATE (trying to reduce): 84% (same as last week)

Housekeeping

Good Article about optimizing side bar content:  http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/12-wordpress-sidebar-tricks-to-get-maximum-results/

Love this idea. I’m getting great graphics from Canva and this all comes together easily.

  • April: Cinco de Mayo
  • May: Grilling Recipes

The Circle

I’d like to decrease my bounce rate. To do that I need to keep people on my site longer. Study Pinterest, find popular post for the week and edit that post to direct to a similar recipe or “make it a meal” complimentary recipe.

Bounce rate has been down from 85% to 84% this week. It needs to be around 40% :/

Deadlines

Routine

  • PINTEREST – On remote with Boardbooster and Tailwind
  • GOOGLE+ – Add two old posts to my blog collection.
  • GOOGLE+ – Share at least 1 of someone else’s post to public every day.
  • GOOGLE+- Share at least one of someone else’s post to one of my collections each day.
  • FACEBOOK – Share something on my business page from my “saved” posts each day.

Do-overs

Posts I’d like to cook again, photograph again to revive due to horrific photos, etc. Then re-promote those posts on Social Media.

exercise

You Can’t Eat Like This Unless You

  • Yoga – once per week DONE
  • Personal Trainer – twice per week –
  • Walk 1 1/2 miles every day – DONE

 

 

 

 

Week Eight, May 25

This is a “to-do” plan for my blog. An outline, some time blocking, some goals, all steps to grow my blog.

In other words, GET ORGANIZED and stick to it.

The purpose is to keep myself accountable. Plan and accomplish.

After all, as goal-setting experts advise, put it out there, it helps with accountability.

Grow My Blog: Cooking On The Ranch.  Western Flair, Rocky Mountain Air…Let’s Cook

reinvest

$$ Spent on Promotions and Results:

  • FACEBOOK – Re-targeted Ad. – Started today. To spend $40 – this didn’t happen. The ad was rejected due to too much verbage. I need to study and resubmit.

 

STATIONERY(5)

These are the ads I’ve placed so far on my blog.  Income.  (1 Change From Week One)

GOOGLE: CPA (cost per action)

  • 1 small banner ad in center of post

GOURMET ADS: CPM (per impression)

  • 1 ad on sidebar
  • 1 banner ad above blog

THE DAILY MEAL:

  • 1 banner in the Footer of my blog. I’m not sure what this does. Research on what the benefits are.

I have applied for BLOGHER Network for Advertising income.  DONE Week five and I’m still waiting.  🙂

I have a banner on my side bar from Foodie Blogroll. Applied for Publisher Program. Week one, still waiting.

Affiliate Partner

I’m new at partnering with Affiliates. Starting out slow. (No change from Week One)

  • Commission Junction, Sur-la-table Affiliate
  • Amazon Affiliate: straight commission
    • 1 square ad at bottom of post
    • Ad in mail chimp campaign

Social Media

Read how to increase your mail subscription list

Read Pat Flynn’s How to Grow Subscribers by using challenges.

Read from Ahalogy about the changes that Pinterest is going through.

*GOOD READ:  Pinterest Campaign Tips

STATIONERY(1)

Facebook Groups: Try one per week and monitor results.

  • Yummly Sharing Group – 4/5 posted my Hatch Green Chile Pasta and started sharing. 16 people yummed my post.
  • Grow Your Blog -week of 4/11
    • Monday: posted Three Cheese Chicken Lasagna. This is an easier challenge. Pinterest. You only need to pin 10 from the submissions. Not everyone’s. I received 11 repins.
    • Tuesday: Facebook. All or nothing. Visit each page, like two posts, comment on one. I tagged my Coors Field Taco Dog to be at the top of my page. I received 32 likes, 20-ish comments and 9 new page likes. I’d say that was worth the 30 minute time investment.
  • Share My Post:
  • Show Me The Facebook Love
  • Culinary Club Network – I posted my first recipe in this group, 4/18.  Colorado Creme.

scoreboard

  • FACEBOOK: 2,365 (+11)
  • PINTEREST: 7,431 (+255)
  • G+: 26,268 (+8)
  • G+ COOKING ON THE RANCH COLLECTION: 47,351 (+4986)
  • G+ TOTAL IMPRESSIONS: 2, 410,248 (couldn’t find, have they taken it away)
  • TWITTER: 1,631 (+21)
  • INSTAGRAM: 190 (-1)
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 988 (+33)
  • BOUNCE RATE (trying to reduce): 84% (same as last week)

Housekeeping

Good Article about optimizing side bar content:  http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/12-wordpress-sidebar-tricks-to-get-maximum-results/  Impliment some of those.

The Circle

I’d like to decrease my bounce rate. To do that I need to keep people on my site longer. Study Pinterest, find popular post for the week and edit that post to direct to a similar recipe or “make it a meal” complimentary recipe.

Bounce rate has been down from 85% to 84% this week. It needs to be around 40% :/

Deadlines

Routine

  • PINTEREST – On remote with Boardbooster and Tailwind
  • GOOGLE+ – Add two old posts to my blog collection.
  • GOOGLE+ – Share at least 1 of someone else’s post to public every day.
  • GOOGLE+- Share at least one of someone else’s post to one of my collections each day.
  • FACEBOOK – Share something on my business page from my “saved” posts each day.

Do-overs

Posts I’d like to cook again, photograph again to revive due to horrific photos, etc. Then re-promote those posts on Social Media.

exercise

You Can’t Eat Like This Unless You

  • Yoga – once per week DONE
  • Personal Trainer – twice per week –
  • Walk 1 1/2 miles every day – DONE

photography challenge

#Dogwood52 photography challenge

I’m so far behind. Do two challenges a week to catch up. I hate committing and not following through.

This week I complete Metal.
And Transportation.

 

 

 

 

Week Five, May 1

This is a “to-do” plan for my blog. An outline for the week, some time blocking, some goals, all steps to grow my blog.

In other words, GET ORGANIZED and stick to it.

Each Sunday I will make a plan for for the upcoming week post that outline here. The purpose is to keep myself accountable. By the time you see this post, you will be seeing that plan and the accomplishments from that week.

After all, as goal-setting experts advise, put it out there, it helps with accountability.

Grow My Blog: Cooking On The Ranch.  Western Flair, Rocky Mountain Air…Let’s Cook

reinvest

$$ Spent on Promotions and Results:

  • FACEBOOK – Re-targeted Ad. – Started today. To spend $40

I really liked this article on re-targeted advertising from Mail Munch. Place ad on Facebook this week promoting my page, not an individual post.

Something happened that the ad didn’t run. Try again for this week.

STATIONERY(5)

These are the ads I’ve placed so far on my blog.  Income.  (1 Change From Week One)

GOOGLE: CPA (cost per action)

  • 1 small banner ad in center of post

GOURMET ADS: CPM (per impression)

  • 1 ad on sidebar
  • 1 banner ad above blog

THE DAILY MEAL:

  • 1 banner in the Footer of my blog. I’m not sure what this does. Research on what the benefits are.

I have applied for BLOGHER Network for Advertising income.  DONE Week five and I’m still waiting.  🙂

I have a banner on my side bar from Foodie Blogroll. Applied for Publisher Program. Week one, still waiting.

Affiliate Partner

I’m new at partnering with Affiliates. Starting out slow. (No change from Week One)

  • Commission Junction, Sur-la-table Affiliate
  • Amazon Affiliate: straight commission
    • 1 square ad at bottom of post
    • Ad in mail chimp campaign

Social Media

Read how to increase your mail subscription list

Read Pat Flynn’s How to Grow Subscribers by using challenges.

Read from Ahalogy about the changes that Pinterest is going through.

Great read about utilizing sidebars.  I’ve easily implemented a Cinco recipe sidebar,

STATIONERY(1)

Facebook Groups: Try one per week and monitor results.

  • Yummly Sharing Group – 4/5 posted my Hatch Green Chile Pasta and started sharing. 16 people yummed my post.
  • Grow Your Blog -week of 4/11
    • Monday: posted Three Cheese Chicken Lasagna. This is an easier challenge. Pinterest. You only need to pin 10 from the submissions. Not everyone’s. I received 11 repins.
    • Tuesday: Facebook. All or nothing. Visit each page, like two posts, comment on one. I tagged my Coors Field Taco Dog to be at the top of my page. I received 32 likes, 20-ish comments and 9 new page likes. I’d say that was worth the 30 minute time investment.
  • Share My Post:
  • Show Me The Facebook Love
  • Culinary Club Network – I posted my first recipe in this group, 4/18.  Colorado Creme.

scoreboard

  • FACEBOOK: 2,365 (+11)
  • PINTEREST: 7,176 (+57) 7176
  • G+: 26,260 (+6)  ?
  • G+ COOKING ON THE RANCH COLLECTION: 42,465 (+5,320)
  • G+ TOTAL IMPRESSIONS: 2, 410,248 (couldn’t find, have they taken it away)
  • TWITTER: 1,609 (+22)
  • INSTAGRAM: 190 (-1)
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 953 (+19) 953
  • BOUNCE RATE (trying to reduce): 84% (same as last week)

Housekeeping

Good Article about optimizing side bar content:  http://www.wpbeginner.com/showcase/12-wordpress-sidebar-tricks-to-get-maximum-results/  Impliment some of those.

The Circle

I’d like to decrease my bounce rate. To do that I need to keep people on my site longer. Study Pinterest, find popular post for the week and edit that post to direct to a similar recipe or “make it a meal” complimentary recipe.

This week: I connected the post Jalapeno Steak Sauce Burger to my current Onion Rings recipe.

Bounce rate has been down from 85% to 84% this week. It needs to be around 40% :/

Deadlines

Routine

  • PINTEREST – On remote with Boardbooster and Tailwind
  • GOOGLE+ – Add two old posts to my blog collection.
  • GOOGLE+ – Share at least 1 of someone else’s post to public every day.
  • GOOGLE+- Share at least one of someone else’s post to one of my collections each day.
  • FACEBOOK – Share something on my business page from my “saved” posts each day.

Do-overs

Posts I’d like to cook again, photograph again to revive due to horrific photos, etc.

exercise

You Can’t Eat Like This Unless You

  • Yoga – once per week DONE
  • Personal Trainer – twice per week –
  • Walk 1 1/2 miles every day – DONE

photography challenge

#Dogwood52 photography challenge

I’m so far behind. Do two challenges a week to catch up. I hate committing and not following through.

This week I complete Metal.
And Transportation.

 

 

 

 

Week Four, April 24

This is a “to-do” plan for my blog. An outline for the week, some time blocking, some goals, all steps to grow my blog.

In other words, GET ORGANIZED and stick to it. Each Sunday I will make a plan for for the upcoming week post that outline here. The purpose is to keep myself accountable. By the time you see this post, you will be seeing that plan and the accomplishments from that week.

After all, as goal-setting experts advise, put it out there, it helps with accountability.

Grow My Blog: Cooking On The Ranch.  Western Flair, Rocky Mountain Air…Let’s Cook

reinvest

$$ Spent on Promotions and Results:

  • FACEBOOK – Re-targeted Ad. – Started today. To spend $40

I really liked this article on re-targeted advertising from Mail Munch. Place ad on Facebook this week promoting my page, not an individual post.

Something happened that the ad didn’t run. Try again for this week.

STATIONERY(5)

These are the ads I’ve placed so far on my blog.  Income.  (1 Change From Week One)

GOOGLE: CPA (cost per action)

  • 1 small banner ad in center of post

GOURMET ADS: CPM (per impression)

  • 1 ad on sidebar
  • 1 banner ad above blog

THE DAILY MEAL:

  • 1 banner in the Footer of my blog. I’m not sure what this does. Research on what the benefits are.

I have applied for BLOGHER Network for Advertising income.  DONE Week five and I’m still waiting.  🙂

Affiliate Partner

I’m new at partnering with Affiliates. Starting out slow. (No change from Week One)

  • Commission Junction, Sur-la-table Affiliate
  • Amazon Affiliate: straight commission
    • 1 square ad at bottom of post
    • Ad in mail chimp campaign

*I read a good article on Three Simple Tips to Increase Affiliate Marketing.

Routine

I read an article from Gourmet Ads about promotion and driving traffic. Their suggestions to submit photos

  • Taste Spotting – (I already do)
  • Food Gawker – (I’ve not since they’ve required special sizing)
  • Yum Gallery
  • Pantreze
  • Photograzing
  • Tastestopping

Sign up for those last 4 and add to routine.

Social Media

Read how to increase your mail subscription list

Read Pat Flynn’s How to Grow Subscribers by using challenges.

Read from Ahalogy about the changes that Pinterest is going through:

STATIONERY(1)

Facebook Groups: Try one per week and monitor results.

  • Yummly Sharing Group – 4/5 posted my Hatch Green Chile Pasta and started sharing. 16 people yummed my post.
  • Grow Your Blog -week of 4/11
    • Monday: posted Three Cheese Chicken Lasagna. This is an easier challenge. Pinterest. You only need to pin 10 from the submissions. Not everyone’s. I received 11 repins.
    • Tuesday: Facebook. All or nothing. Visit each page, like two posts, comment on one. I tagged my Coors Field Taco Dog to be at the top of my page. I received 32 likes, 20-ish comments and 9 new page likes. I’d say that was worth the 30 minute time investment.
  • Share My Post:
  • Show Me The Facebook Love
  • Culinary Club Network – I posted my first recipe in this group, 4/18.  Colorado Creme.

scoreboard

  • FACEBOOK: 2,354 (+11)
  • PINTEREST: 7,119 (+67)
  • G+: 26,244 (+3)  ?
  • G+ COOKING ON THE RANCH jCOLLECTION: 37,145 (+2,782)
  • G+ TOTAL IMPRESSIONS: 2, 410,248 (couldn’t find, have they taken it away)
  • TWITTER: 1,587 (+8)
  • INSTAGRAM: 191 (+7)
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 934 (+24)
  • BOUNCE RATE (trying to reduce): 84% (down 1% from last week)

Housekeeping

Transfer save-worthy recipes to permanent “Cookin” database.

The Circle

I’d like to decrease my bounce rate. To do that I need to keep people on my site longer. Study Pinterest, find popular post for the week and edit that post to direct to a similar recipe or “make it a meal” complimentary recipe.

This week: I connected the posts, Homemade Tzatziki Sauce, Chicken Souvlaki Skewers,  and Warm Rosemary and Garlic Olives together.

Bounce rate has been down from 85% to 84% this week. It needs to be around 40% :/

Deadlines

Routine

  • PINTEREST – On remote with Boardbooster and Tailwind
  • GOOGLE+ – Add two old posts to my blog collection.
  • GOOGLE+ – Share at least 1 of someone else’s post to public every day.
  • GOOGLE+- Share at least one of someone else’s post to one of my collections each day.
  • FACEBOOK – Share something on my business page from my “saved” posts each day.

Do-overs

Posts I’d like to cook again, photograph again to revive due to horrific photos, etc.

exercise

You Can’t Eat Like This Unless You

  • Yoga – once per week DONE
  • Personal Trainer – twice per week –
  • Walk 1 1/2 miles every day – DONE

photography challenge

#Dogwood52 photography challenge

I’m so far behind. Do two challenges a week to catch up. I hate committing and not following through.

This week I complete Metal.
And Transportation.

 

 

 

Week Three, April 17

This is a “to-do” plan for my blog. An outline for the week, some time blocking, some goals, all steps to grow my blog.

In other words, GET ORGANIZED and stick to it. Each Sunday I will make a plan for for the upcoming week post that outline here. The purpose is to keep myself accountable. By the time you see this post, you will be seeing that plan and the accomplishments from that week.

After all, as goal-setting experts advise, put it out there, it helps with accountability.

Grow My Blog: Cooking On The Ranch.  Western Flair, Rocky Mountain Air…Let’s Cook

reinvest

$$ Spent on Promotions and Results:

  • FACEBOOK – Re-targeted Ad. – Started today. To spend $40

I really liked this article on re-targeted advertising from Mail Munch. Place ad on Facebook this week promoting my page, not an individual post.

STATIONERY(5)

These are the ads I’ve placed so far on my blog.  Income.  (1 Change From Week One)

GOOGLE: CPA (cost per action)

  • 1 small banner ad in center of post

GOURMET ADS: CPM (per impression)

  • 1 ad on sidebar
  • 1 banner ad above blog

THE DAILY MEAL:

  • 1 banner in the Footer of my blog. I’m not sure what this does. Research on what the benefits are.

I have applied for BLOGHER Network for Advertising income.  DONE Week four and I’m still waiting.  🙂

Affiliate Partner

I’m new at partnering with Affiliates. Starting out slow. (No change from Week One)

  • Commission Junction, Sur-la-table Affiliate
  • Amazon Affiliate: straight commission
    • 1 square ad at bottom of post
    • Ad in mail chimp campaign

Social Media

Co-Promote. I’ve signed up with Co-promote. A twitter sharing service where you share posts and people will return the share for your posts. I’ve shared my Hatch Green Chile Pasta tweet.  We’ll see the results. I don’t see any stats for this post. But my Hearts of Palm Salad from March 8 received 16 shares, 28K reach. I obviously didn’t get my Pasta recipe posted correctly. This week I’ve entered Coors Field Taco Dog.

Read how to increase your mail subscription list

Read Pat Flynn’s How to Grow Subscribers by using challenges.

Read from Ahalogy about the changes that Pinterest is going through:

STATIONERY(1)

Facebook Groups: Try one per week and monitor results.

  • Yummly Sharing Group – 4/5 posted my Hatch Green Chile Pasta and started sharing. 16 people yummed my post.
  • Pinning for Pinterest – 4/11 posted Three Cheese Chicken Lasagna.   And pinned two from the page. There has been no activity in this group since January. Odd. Will probably remove this from my “favorites” and not participate.
  • Grow Your Blog -week of 4/11
    • Monday: posted Three Cheese Chicken Lasagna. This is an easier challenge. Pinterest. You only need to pin 10 from the submissions. Not everyone’s. I received 11 repins.
    • Tuesday: Facebook. All or nothing. Visit each page, like two posts, comment on one. I tagged my Coors Field Taco Dog to be at the top of my page. I received 32 likes, 20-ish comments and 9 new page likes. I’d say that was worth the 30 minute time investment.
  • Share My Post:
  • Show Me The Facebook Love
  • Culinary Club Network

scoreboard

  • FACEBOOK: 2,343 (+7)
  • PINTEREST: 7,052 (+57)
  • G+: 26,241 (-1)  ?
  • G+ COOKING ON THE RANCH COLLECTION: 37,145 (+2,150)
  • G+ TOTAL IMPRESSIONS: 2, 410,248 (couldn’t find, have they taken it away)
  • TWITTER: 1,587 (+6)
  • INSTAGRAM: 184 (+1)
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 912 (+20)
  • BOUNCE RATE (trying to reduce): 85% (no change)

Housekeeping

Transfer save-worthy recipes to permanent “Cookin” database.  Colorado Creme. DONE

The Circle

I’d like to decrease my bounce rate. To do that I need to keep people on my site longer. Study Pinterest, find popular post for the week and edit that post to direct to a similar recipe or “make it a meal” complimentary recipe.

This week: I connected the posts, Homemade Tzatziki Sauce, Chicken Souvlaki Skewers,  and Warm Rosemary and Garlic Olives together.

Bounce rate has been down from 85% to 84% this week. It needs to be around 40% :/

Deadlines

Routine

  • PINTEREST – On remote with Boardbooster and Tailwind
  • GOOGLE+ – Add two old posts to my blog collection.
  • GOOGLE+ – Share at least 1 of someone else’s post to public every day.
  • GOOGLE+- Share at least one of someone else’s post to one of my collections each day.
  • FACEBOOK – Share something on my business page from my “saved” posts each day.

Do-overs

Posts I’d like to cook again, photograph again to revive due to horrific photos, etc.

exercise

You Can’t Eat Like This Unless You

  • Yoga – once per week DONE
  • Personal Trainer – twice per week –
  • Walk 1 1/2 miles every day – DONE

photography challenge

#Dogwood52 photography challenge

I’m so far behind. Do two challenges a week to catch up. I hate committing and not following through.

This week I complete Metal.
And Transportation.

 

 

 

Week Two, April 10

This is a “to-do” plan for my blog. An outline for the week, some time blocking, some goals, all steps to grow my blog.

In other words, GET ORGANIZED and stick to it. Each Sunday I will make a plan for for the upcoming week post that outline here. The purpose is to keep myself accountable. By the time you see this post, you will be seeing that plan and the accomplishments from that week.

After all, as goal-setting experts advise, put it out there, it helps with accountability.

Grow My Blog: Cooking On The Ranch.  Western Flair, Rocky Mountain Air…Let’s Cook

STATIONERY(4)

Read Mail Munch Article on Advertising.  DONE

I really liked this article on re-targeted advertising from Mail Munch. The article indicates that Facebook is the best bang for your buck and takes you through a step by step for placing the ad.  I’ve only placed a general ad on FB, so would like to try this more targeted method

  • Place Daily Meal Banner on my Food Blog. DONE
  • Complete The Daily Meal TIL. Once completed, It redirected me to an advertising site http://direct.comscore.com/default.aspx   I find this all very confusing.  DONE

One more step in completing the Daily Meal Culinary Content Network process.  You can read more about this program from last week’s post.  It’s a new group/advertising opportunity that I’m going to test. I had to email to get instructions.

I have applied for BLOGHER Network for Advertising income.  DONE

Week three and I’m still waiting.  🙂

STATIONERY(5)

These are the ads I’ve placed so far on my blog.  Income.  (1 Change From Week One)

GOOGLE: CPA

  • 1 small banner ad in center of post

GOURMET ADS: CPM

  • 1 ad on sidebar
  • 1 banner ad above blog

AFFILIATE PARTNER AMAZON: Commission

  • 1 square ad at bottom of post

THE DAILY MEAL:

  • 1 banner in the Footer of my blog.

Affiliate Partner

I’m new at partnering with Affiliates. Starting out slow. (No change from Week One)

  • Commission Junction, Amazon Affiliate

Social Media

I’d like to join the closed Facebook Group, Culinary Content Network.  I’ sent an email to jdecker@thedailymeal.com on Monday 4/2. Follow up if you’ve not heard back.  HEARD BACK – DONE

Co-Promote. I’ve signed up with Co-promote. A twitter sharing service where you share posts and people will return the share for your posts. I’ve shared my Hatch Green Chile Pasta tweet.  We’ll see the results.

Great read for Pinterest tips:  http://alisameredith.com/pinterest-search-keywords-seo/  DONE

Great read on how to run Promoted Pins from Simple Pin Media – DONE

Read how to increase your mail subscription list

Read Pat Flynn’s How to Grow Subscribers by using challenges.

Read from Ahalogy about the changes that Pinterest is going through:

Housekeeping

I had lunch with a prospective client. A coincidence, she used to write a food blog. She told me that she let her url accidentally expire through GoDaddy and lost over 250 posts. After a phone call to GoDaddy they indicated they couldn’t help her retrieve them … they were gone. Now that’s a horror story, and she admits it was totally her fault, as she had changed her email and hadn’t updated with GoDaddy. Sign in to GoDaddy and make sure credit card and email information is up to date.

Visit Go-Daddy and make sure all credit card and contact information is up to date. – DONE

Transfer save-worthy recipes to permanent “Cookin” database.  Breakfast Tacos with Scrambled Eggs and Potatoes. DONE

The Circle

I’d like to decrease my bounce rate. To do that I need to keep people on my site longer. Study Pinterest statistics, find popular post for the week and edit that post to direct to a similar recipe or “make it a meal” complimentary recipe.

This week was Old Fashioned Taco Salad.  And I added a “looking for SW Salad ideas?” and included Chipotle Glazed Steak Salad within the post.  DONE

Deadlines

Routine

  • PINTEREST – On remote with Boardbooster and Tailwind
  • GOOGLE+ – Add two old posts to my blog collection.
  • GOOGLE+ – Share at least 1 of someone else’s post to public every day.
  • GOOGLE+- Share at least one of someone else’s post to one of my collections each day.
  • FACEBOOK – Share something on my business page from my “saved” posts each day.

STATIONERY(1)

Facebook Groups: Try one per week and monitor results.

  • Yummly Sharing Group – 4/5 posted my Hatch Green Chile Pasta and started sharing. 16 people yummed my post.
  • Pinning for Pinterest
  • Grow Your Blog
  • Share My Post:
  • Show Me The Facebook Love
  • Culinary Club Network

reinvest

$$ Spent on Promotions and Results:

  • FACEBOOK – Spent $10 Results:
  • 11 Photo Clicks
     1 Link Click
     46 Post Likes

    Ad Stopped

    April 5th, 6:03am
    Age
    18-65+
    Gender
    Male and Female
    Location:
    Australia
    Germany
    United Kingdom
    United States
  • PINTEREST– $23 Chicken Ranch Dip, results: According to Pinterest from this promotion I received 80,985 impressions, 216 clicks, 280 repins and 16 likes. I’ve been told to ignore impressions. I’m assuming “clicks” mean people who visited my website. I would have expected more. And I’m disappointed in the repin number. I’ll continue to monitor this, and see if clicks to my website increase before I place another ad.
  • FACEBOOK – Re-targeted Ad. – to do

Do-overs

Posts I’d like to cook again, photograph again to revive due to horrific photos, etc.

scoreboard

  • FACEBOOK: 2,337 (+2)
  • PINTEREST: 6,995 (+69)
  • G+: 26,242 (+14)
  • G+ COOKING ON THE RANCH COLLECTION: 34,995 (+2,244)
  • G+ TOTAL IMPRESSIONS: 2, 410,248 (couldn’t find, have they taken it away)
  • TWITTER: 1,581 (+18)
  • INSTAGRAM: 183 (-1)
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 892 (+15)
  • BOUNCE RATE (trying to reduce): 85% (no change)

exercise

You Can’t Eat Like This Unless You

  • Yoga – once per week DONE
  • Personal Trainer – twice per week –
  • Walk 1 1/2 miles every day – DONE

photography challenge

#Dogwood photography challenge

I’m so far behind. Do two challenges a week to catch up. I hate committing and not following through.

This week I completed environmental portrait and shadow project.

Week One, April 3

Happy Birthday to me! Today is my birthday and after arriving home from a celebration of Brunch at the famous Broadmoor Hotel and Spa in Colorado Springs, I’m taking the first step to making a “to-do” plan for my blog. An outline for the week, some time blocking, some goals, all steps to grow my blog.

In other words, GET ORGANIZED and stick to it. Each Sunday I will make a plan for for the upcoming week post that outline here. The purpose is to keep myself accountable. By the time you see this post, you will be seeing that plan and the accomplishments from that week.

After all, as goal-setting experts advise, put it out there, it helps with accountability.

Grow My Blog: Cooking On The Ranch.  Western Flair, Rocky Mountain Air…Let’s Cook

STATIONERY(4)

RESEARCH DAILY MEAL CULINARY CONTENT NETWORK

I was contacted by The Daily Meal to Join their Culinary Content Network. I’ve left a message to find out more and haven’t received a return phone call. I did however receive some written material that will probably suffice. I’ve studied this material, and it may be a good opportunity to drive traffic.

WATCH VIDEO FROM SIMPLE PIN MEDIA: http://www.simplepinmedia.com/how-to-monetize-pinterest-traffic-with-ads/

A lengthy video but worth the watch.  Valuable to learn:

  • CPC — Cost-per-click — You want these in your post!
  • CPM — Cost-per-mill — How much you are paid per 1000 people who see the ad. Make money on traffic even if you don’t have clickable ads.
  • CPA — Cost-per-action — Magazine or subscription service ads. Avoid these in your sidebar.

APPLY FOR BLOGHER NETWORK

I’ve read that they pay better commissions but are hard to get in. I’ve placed widget on side board and now I wait.

STATIONERY(5)

These are the ads I’ve placed so far on my blog.  Income.

GOOGLE: CPA

  • 1 small banner ad in center of post

GOURMET ADS: CPM

  • 1 ad on sidebar
  • 1 banner ad above blog

AFFILIATE PARTNER AMAZON: Commission

  • 1 square ad at bottom of post

Affiliate Partner

I’m new at partnering with Affiliates. Starting out slow.

  • Commission Junction, Amazon Affiliate

Social Media

I’d like to join the closed Facebook Group, Culinary Content Network.  I’ sent an email to jdecker@thedailymeal.com on Monday 4/2. Follow up if you’ve not heard back.

LEARN HOW TO SAVE A POST FROM MY PERSONAL PAGE TO USE ON MY BUSINESS PAGE TO INCREASE FOLLOWERS. Easy, under the pull down menu on the post, just click save. When you repost to your business page, copy and paste link, then remove link and add a comment if you wish.

Housekeeping

I had lunch with a prospective client. A coincidence, she used to write a food blog. She told me that she let her url accidentally expire through GoDaddy and lost over 250 posts. After a phone call to GoDaddy they indicated they couldn’t help her retrieve them … they were gone. Now that’s a horror story, and she admits it was totally her fault, as she had changed her email and hadn’t updated with GoDaddy. Sign in to GoDaddy and make sure credit card and email information is up to date.

VISIT GO-DADDY AND MAKE SURE ALL MY INFORMATION IS UP TO DATE.

RGB FOR PEACH FONT: DE632F – build text heading blocks in Canva.

TRANSFER SAVE-WORTHY RECIPES TO PERMANENT RECIPE DATABASE.

The Circle

I’d like to decrease my bounce rate. To do that I need to keep people on my site longer. Study Pinterest statistics, find popular post for the week and edit that post to direct to a similar recipe or “make it a meal” complimentary recipe.

This week was Old Fashioned Taco Salad.  And I added a “looking for SW Salad ideas?” and included Chipotle Glazed Steak Salad within the post.

Deadlines

  • Hatch Green Chile Pasta 4/1
  • Coors Field Chorizo Dog, Opening Day 4/8
  • The Bee Cheese
  • “Spring” Sunday Supper – April 17, Colorado Creme dessert
  • Stubbs Promotion, BBQ Chicken breast with chop salad
  • Breakfast enchiladas

Routine

  • PINTEREST – On remote with Boardbooster and Tailwind
  • GOOGLE+ – Add two old posts to my blog collection.
  • GOOGLE+ – Share at least 1 of someone else’s post to public every day.
  • GOOGLE+- Share at least one of someone else’s post to one of my collections each day.
  • FACEBOOK – Share something on my business page from my “saved” posts each day.

STATIONERY(1)

Facebook Groups: Try one per week and monitor results.

  • Yummly Sharing Group
  • Pinning for Pinterest
  • Grow Your Blog
  • Share My Post:
  • Show Me The Facebook Love

reinvest

$$ Spent on Promotions and Results:

  • FACEBOOK – $1.40 (in the middle of a campaign)
  • PINTEREST- $23 Chicken Ranch Dip, results:

Do-overs

Posts I’d like to cook again, photograph again to revive due to horrific photos, etc.

scoreboard

  • FACEBOOK: 2,335 (+5)
  • PINTEREST: 6,926 (+83)
  • G+: 26,228
  • G+ COOKING ON THE RANCH COLLECTION: 32,751
  • G+ TOTAL IMPRESSIONS: 2, 410,248
  • TWITTER: 1,563
  • INSTAGRAM: 184
  • EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: 877 (+8)
  • BOUNCE RATE (trying to reduce): 85%

exercise

You Can’t Eat Like This Unless You

  • Yoga – once per week
  • Personal Trainer – twice per week
  • Walk 1 1/2 miles every day

photography challenge

#Dogwood photography challenge

I’m so far behind. Do two challenges a week to catch up. I hate committing and not following through.