Friday, 31 October 2014

Leading technology business helps people make money blogging


European performance marketing platform affilinet has just released the first in a series of intelligent advertising formats aimed at simplifying the process of making money from blogging.

Historically, unless you had a well-established and heavily trafficked site your only option to make money was Google’s AdSense solution. More recently other services have become available, but they invariably offer a limited number of Ad formats, fail to consider audience interests on an individual basis and sometimes don’t pay their bills. affilinet is different, automating both display and native advertising via its two new products, PerformanceAds and PerformanceLinks.

PerformanceAds offers display ads in most of the industry standard sizes, which means lots of advertisers will be available. These advertisers run campaigns on a CPM, CPC and a CPA basis via affilinet; this means that non-paying house ads will never run on the blogger sites. Many of these ads will also be targeted based on user behaviour and feature prices where possible, so engagement will be higher than competing solutions.

PerformanceLinks is different; it automates the placement of tracking links within editorial (native) content. Initially just starting with text monetisation, PerformanceLinks will analyse the content of a blog in real-time and add tracking links where relevant to keywords within the body of the page. Traditionally applying these sorts of links has been very time consuming, as has keeping them up to date. This is not an issue with PerformanceLinks, just like its sister product, integration is via a single JavaScript snippet, and out of date links and campaigns are automatically removed by the ad server, maximising revenue.

affilinet’s payment threshold is one of the lowest out there at £25/25€ meaning that smaller bloggers will get paid sooner. It is also worth knowing that the company has been going since 1997 and is owned by giant digital business United Internet (the same company that owns 1&1 and GMX), so you can rest assured that it will be running rock solid technology and will pay its bills on time.

The excitement circulating within the blogger community is palpable at this point, selected bloggers have already been invited to meetings hosted by affilinet to give initial feedback on the new solutions. Is this the moment we’ve all been waiting for? Well another viable alternative from AdSense would be nice, stay tuned for more on this.

Note: I was compensated for this Press Release.


Weekend Blog Hop - 31/10/2014



 
Hello and welcome to the Weekend Blog Hop for another week!

We hope you've all had a fabulous week. 

Apologies once again for not commenting on any posts. I was struck down by a cold Saturday evening, which developed into a rather nasty head cold with added sinusitis! I have spent all week on the sofa, not only feeling sorry for myself, but mad at myself for ruining Cameron's half term. We didn't even do anything tonight for Halloween! 

First up, a plug for #ArchiveDay. If you're on Twitter, and about on Saturday, tweet one of your old posts with the tag, then retweet some others. It's a great way to find new readers for your blog, and new blogs for you to read!

Incidentally, I discovered this week that there is also #SundayBlogShare on a Sunday, which seems to be the same sort of setup - so a whole weekend of blog fun is there for the taking!

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Bloggers' Showcase.

This week's Bloggers' Showcase was chosen by Vicky 



Vicky has chosen this post from Story Snug.

Vicky says:

"I've chosen this one because S absolutely adores her Fairytale Hairdresser book; 
it goes to bed with her most nights, 
and she reads it in the mornings when we wake up. 
This Christmas addition to the Kittie Lacey books looks fantastic!"

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Right! On with the Weekend Blog Hop!

This week, we're doing a Pinterest linky.

If you don't have a Pinterest, don't worry. You can still add your link to the blog linky... but definitely go and check out Pinterest; you'll love it!

I download the app for my phone this week whilst looking for ways to get organised and I am already hooked on it! 

I have even managed to design my own Daily Planner, watch out for the blog post on that! 

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  • You can comment on more if you like!
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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Cerebal Palsy

When I was in Primary School, as a class we used to take weekly trips to a centre called Hilltop.

Hilltop was a day centre for children with all kinds of disabilities, including Cerebral Palsy. We used to spend all morning with the children at the centre, interacting with the children and playing games.

Not only did it benefit the children with disabilities, it also helped to educate us about their conditions and that despite being limited in speech and mobility they were still able to lead their lives.

Although I was only about 6, I will never forget those moments.

Cerebral Palsy is caused by a problem in part(s) of the brain that is responsible for controlling muscles.

Cerebral Palsy can be caused by:

  • A difficult or premature birth
  • Mutations in genes, effecting the brains development. 
  • An infection in the mother whilst pregnant. 
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Medical negligence 

Cerebral Palsy symptoms and associated problems include but not limited to:

  • Muscle stiffness or weakness
  • Random and uncontrolled body movements 
  • Balance and Coordination problems 
  • Learning difficulties 
  • Seizures 
  • Skeletal Abnormalities 
  • Incontinence
  • Difficulties speaking
  • Physical and emotional problems

Most of the time when Cerebral Palsy occurs, no one is to blame, however sometimes medical professionals do make mistakes. 

These mistakes change the life of that child forever. 

There is no cure for Cerebral Palsy. Although Cerebral Palsy comes in different levels of disability, almost all sufferers will require some degree of care and additional equipment in their homes to allow them to live as independently as possible. Providing this care and equipment is very expensive. 

Making a claim for medical negligence and succeeding would ensure that the child would always be supported with care and equipment. 

There would also be money available for any operations needed such as Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy (SDR) for children unable to walk. Although SDR has just been commissioned by the NHS, not all children will be eligble for it. There was a story featured in the Daily Mail last year where parents had to raise £60,000 for SDR surgery for their son, including subsequent physiotherapy. This was because the NHS would not fund it. 

However, Cerebral Palsy Compensations claims are not just about the money. It is also about making sure that life changing mistakes by professionals are not repeated, ensuring that children are born in the safest way possible with minimal risks to their health. 









Note: This is a collaborative post in which I was compensated for writing. However all words and opinions are my own. 

Culture Club Tour 2014




Do you remember Culture Club?

Grammy and twice Brit award winners, Culture Club were formed in 1981 and consists of Roy Hay, Mikey Craig, Jon Moss and Boy George.

I wasn't even born when Culture Club were formed, but I grew up listening to their music.

Culture Club have sold over 100 million singles, over 50 million albums and were responsible for legendary hits such as:

Do you really want to hurt me:



This was number one in over a dozen countries

Karma Chameleon:


This was the best selling song of 1983

Culture Club also had other hits such as: Time (Clock of the heart), It's a miracle, I'll tumble 4 ya and war song.

Sadly Culture Club parted ways in 1986.

Over the years, Culture Club did try to reunite several times, even adding a new member Sam Butcher, for the lead vocals, instead of Boy George.

But now, the original 4 are back.

Not only are they making new music, with a new album entitled 'Tribes' being released soon, they are also about to embark on a 11 day comeback tour this December.

They will tour around the UK for 11 days, with well renowned musical icon, Alison Moyet.

I don't know about you, but I am really excited that they are back and I can't wait to hear their new album.

I would love to get my hands on a pair of Culture Club Tickets! It would be the perfect early Christmas Present (Hint Hint Matt!) and to experience the 02 Arena. The last time I went there it was still the Millennium Dome!

Were/Are you a big fan of Culture Club? Are you planning on going to see them in December?









Note: This is a collaborative post in which I was compensated for writing. All words and opinions are my own. 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Weekend Blog Hop - 24/10/14





Welcome to the Weekend

I hope you have all had a good week!

Just 8 more Fridays until Christmas and I have finally made a dent in my Christmas shopping.

This year I am getting Matt a Dash Cam for our car. We come across so many idiotic and careless drivers, when we are out, we thought it would be useful to have, just in case (God Forbid) Matt has an accident, we have the footage of how it happened. Matt was thinking of making a YouTube video series to show just how dangerous people can be on the road!

#ArchiveDay 
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Follow me on Blog Lovin Linky
This week I thought we would do something different and have a BlogLovin Linky instead.
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Bloggers Showcase 
The Bloggers Showcase is back this week.


This week I have chosen a very powerful post written by Kimmie from Stuck In Scared.

Kimmie has written a post called 'I am' In which she writes about how Mental Illness has effected her life. She also writes that Mental Illness is nothing to be ashamed about, despite feeling ashamed herself. It's a very thought provoking post which I can relate to in so many ways having a Mental Illness myself. But Kimmie is right! It is nothing to be ashamed about, we can not help it, it is part of us.


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Weekend Blog Hop

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V8 - V-Fusion



When V8 got in touch and asked me if I would like to try their new V-Fusion drink, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to get some fruit and vegetables into my system.

I have always told Cameron that fruit and veg is very important and he is the type of child who will happily sit there and eat a whole raw pepper, half a punnet of grapes and 3 bananas without even batting an eyelid!

Lucas will also happily munch on a piece of cucumber.

I really need to start practicing what I preach.



This is where V8 and their new V-Fusion comes into play. 

V-Fusion comes in two delicious flavours and is made up of 50% Fruit and 50% Vegetable Juice. Each glass also contains 2 of your 5 recommended portions of fruit and veg.

V-Fusions contains no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

Once opened, you can store it in the fridge for 4 days. Not that you would need 4 days. Ours were gone within a day!


Passion Fruit, Mango & Carrot: 

This contains Sweet Potato Juice, Apple Juice, Carrot Juice, Mango Puree and Passion Fruit Juice.

This is such a delicious refreshing drink and I was surprised that it contained Sweet Potato Juice!

I even managed to get Matt to have a glass which if anyone knows Matt will know that he rarely touches fruit and veg. He also enjoyed it.

Cameron did try it, but I did put a bit of water in it for him as I thought it would be a bit strong for him. This is not down to the juice, but down to Cameron's own personal preference. He did enjoy it however and came back for more.


Raspberry & Beetroot:

This was the one I was most looking forward to trying. I love beetroot (in jars of vinegar) but I had never actually tried Beetroot juice.

This contains Apple Juice, Beetroot Juice, Carrot Juice, Sweet Potato Juice, Raspberry Puree and Blackcurrant Juice.

Out of the two, this is my favourite. Sweet and refreshing, not too strong. Again you don't realise just how many fruits and vegetables are squeezed into this carton or the fact it contains Carrot and Beetroot.

I got so hooked on this one, I drank it all before Matt or Cameron could try it! Oooops!









Overall as a family we are more than impressed with V-Fusion, both flavours are absolutely delicious, healthy and more than help you on your way to your 5 a say! They are definitely going to be on our shopping list from now one. I would recommend this to everyone, especially those trying to get their kids to consume fruit and vegetables.

You can find out more about V8 and their range by visiting the V8 Website







Note: I was sent V8 V-Fusion drinks for the purpose of the review. I received no money and all opinions are independently formed by My Life As A Mummy.