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Boston's Hidden Restaurants

Monetizing & Ad Groups  - 
 
Anyone else getting absolutely horrid (and I do mean horrid) earnings from Adsense recently? My site is running great, with traffic going up and up and pages now being mobile-friendly, yet the ad money keeps going the other way. The site is doing too well to hang 'em up, but I may need suggestions on how else to keep things afloat, thanks.  -Marc
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Chef Dennis Littley's profile photoBoston's Hidden Restaurants's profile photo
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Thanks, +Bobbi Burleson and +Chef Dennis Littley. I'll keep it in mind. Had the most traffic ever on the site today and Google ads came back a bit because of the sheer volume of page visits, but still not happy with the ad numbers.
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Heather Carter

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Is anyone else having a problem adding links in Wordpress drafts? It's only been a couple of days but I can't figure out what's wrong. Thanks in advance!
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I cleared my cache and cookies but it didn't work +Alli Smith. But, maybe I need to give it a little time. Thank you!
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The Cozy Cook

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Does anyone have a good plugin to notify someone that you've responded to their comment? I've tried "Comment Reply Notification" but it doesn't work for some reason. I've tried a few others and none of them seem to be working. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thank you!
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Thank you +Becca Pusey ! I actually did get it to work, yayyy. I had to put the code into the body of my site, I thought it would just work automatically after I activated it but I needed that one extra step, probably not the case for everyone I'm thinking. Thanks for your reply! 
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Hello, and thank you for accepting me!  I've been browsing through the posts here and feel like I've learned a lot already.  
I recently got back into blogging regularly on my site, Sugarspunrun and am determined to stick with it.  I'd appreciate anyone/everyone's advise on how to increase viewers, or any other advice. :)  Thanks again!
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Welcome to our Community +Samantha G 
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Just following up on +Toni Dash's post from earlier, are any of you noticing any big spikes or drops in web traffic today now that Google has officially put out its mobile-friendly update for searches?  -Marc
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Heather Carter's profile photoLaurie Barrie's profile photo
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Mine increased but not by much. 
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There's a change to Instagram hashtags that might be of interest to many of you. Hashtags are now time-sensitive to when you post, so you can't add tags later and appear at the top of a hashtag search screen. Here's a short article on the change...
A quick review of some of the most important Instagram news 2015 for people who use Instagram for business.
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Thanks for the info!
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Kristine E. Underwood

Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
I'm looking to make a few customizations to my blog, anyone have a web designer they'd recommend?
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Thank you +Becca Pusey! I will definitely check her out. 
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Boston's Hidden Restaurants

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Is anyone else seeing Google Adsense revenue absolutely crashing? My traffic continues to move up steadily, but as it does, the ad money is going the other way. And it has been particularly bad over the past week or so. (Today is awful.) It's getting to the point where no amount of traffic seems to be helping all that much, and I'm getting more than 10,000 page visits per day now, with some days reaching 15,000 or more.  -Marc
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Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore)
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The Google Mobile-Friendly Penalty Date of April 21 is coming up quickly!  Is your site ready?
Is your website prepared for April 21, 2015 when Google starts favoring web pages that are mobile-friendly and penalizing web pages that are not?
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Almost, +Toni Dash! I have 15,000 pages and 10,000 of them weren't mobile-friendly so I started converting them back in January. I haven't slept well over the past few months, but most of the important pages have been converted, and the ones that have are already shooting to the top of Google searches for both desktop AND mobile, which is interesting.  -Marc
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Meggan Hill

Working w/ Brands  - 
 
Has anyone ever worked with a PR agency or brand that refused to pay you after you delivered on your end of the deal? How did you deal with the situation and did you ultimately recover your funds?

I developed recipes for a PR agency on behalf of a brand. I sent my invoice, they said they'd pay but I haven't been paid yet. The invoice is dated 12/14/14, last contact with the company happened on 2/23/15. They don't return my emails or my phone calls (they don't answer their phone at all, actually). I'm considering drafting a Demand Letter which asks for payment within 10 days; otherwise it threatens legal action. It seems kind of harsh but... they owe me money! 

They had sent me a contract in the beginning talking about the expectations and rate of pay, etc. So at least I have that.

Any thoughts? Thank you!
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Super excited to hear that, +Meggan Hill :) I've learned myself over the years that a single line from a VP will often do more work in minutes than weeks of shouting and claiming your right ever could ;) I hope you'll be able to finally pop the Champagne!
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Sarah Hook

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Anyone familiar with cheatsheet.com.? Thy posted my recipe on their site without my consent. They linked to my site and said it was my recipe, but they copied and posted the entire recipe and instructions word for word on their site. Then they used a stock image to portray the recipe. I've seen a lot of well known food bloggers on this site.
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Mother Rimmy's profile photoSarah Hook's profile photo
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+Mother Rimmy I saw in my stats that it was a referring site, and I went to the URL and saw the article. I don't like it one bit.
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Mother Rimmy

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I've been catching up on my reading and found this article useful and well written. 
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Great article! Thanks so much!
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Another Facebook algorithm change, and once again, they say page reach could decline in some cases.
At this point, is that even possible?  -Marc
http://www.adweek.com/socialtimes/news-feed-algorithm-changes-april-2015/619119
Posts from friends will carry even more weight than posts from pages in the latest update to Facebook’s News Feed algorithm, and stories about friends liking or commenting on posts will be de-emphasized.
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Boston's Hidden Restaurants's profile photoJean Layton's profile photo
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Changing so that the person (profile) has more eyes than the business (page) makes me think of Google+. The emphasis here has always been that the person is the expert. 
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Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore)
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Blog Tech (plugins, widgets and ads)  - 
 
Today is THE day for Google to begin mobile-responsive/friendly website differentiation in Google searches.  Thought this post by +Joshua Berg on the topic would be helpful to the group.
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The biggest thing I've noticed today is that it's such an average day for my site. I would have expected some kind of change one way or the other, but it's just another day.   -Marc
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Recipe Roundup!

I am looking for recipes for next month's recipe roundups on Mom.me. I am looking for:

Mother's Day Brunch Ideas
Cocktails for Ladies who Brunch
Eggsceptional Meals (egg based meals like frittata, etc.)

Please send me a link at cheryllee[at]culinoir[dot]com

Thanks!
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yes it is +Cheryl D Lee and thanks for asking
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Does anyone have any factual info on this new extension that FB is putting on all URL's clicked out of FB? (?hc_location=ufi) Lots of chatter, speculation but I have yet to see anything concrete. 
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If you click on preview rather than the link, you don't get the extension.
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Hello everyone!  I am new to this group and would like to introduce myself.  Y'all can call me Jayne!  I have been in internet marketing for just over a year and have recently developed a new couponing/cooking blog.  I am open to any and all advice that y'all have to give about how to market this blog and increase my viewers and comments as well!  Thank you so much for allowing me into your community!  It is an honor to be here! 
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Thanks +Mother Rimmy !  I am glad to be here!
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Mother Rimmy

Monetizing & Ad Groups  - 
 
Has anyone worked with  www.Tomoson.com? 
Tomoson is the first software as a service geared towards blogger & influencer outreach. Join our community and let Tomoson's dashboard organize the process.
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I created a profile back when they were brand new and then did nothing with it. Since then, I've only heard less than positive feedback from other fellow bloggers. 
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Mother Rimmy

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I'm always looking for inexpensive ways to improve my food photography and found this paper -  Pacon Ella Bella Photography Backdrop Paper - for less than $12 on Amazon. It's a huge roll and seems to be working well, so I thought I'd share.
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Very sweet of you to share the tip! 😃
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Toni Dash (Boulder Locavore)
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Happy Spring Everyone!  I've shared this FREE 'Useletter' from +Amy Lynn Andrews  before but loved some of the features in today's issue: PicMonkey's new using photos for text, realistic income reports from blogs, checking on being mobile friendly before Google's April 21 date and more.
April 4, 2015 Hi there! This week, I've been watching the fascinating documentary Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. On to the tips! (Affiliate...
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+Toni Dash I saw this issue too. Thanks for the advice to follow this site. Interestingly, my blog never showed up as mobile friendly, but when I went to Google Developers at https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/ it showed up fine. I tested several links. I also have a theme that is mobile friendly, so I guess I won't worry about it right now. 
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