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Pet Blogger Challenge 2015

1. How long have you been blogging? And, for anyone stopping by for the first time, please give us a quick description of what your blog is about.

I began blogging in 2007. Wow. 7 years. Where has the time gone?

My first blog was Pet Product Review which I started when I was working for an online pet retailer. Part of my job was answering questions customers had about products which gave me the idea to have a site where pet parents could get more information on products before they bought. And having access to a whole warehouse full of pet products- BONUS! Then 3 months after I started PPR, the company I worked for was sold to another who moved all the inventory halfway across the US. Bye bye warehouse full of pet products. Bye bye job. PPR went into slow mode while I went back to school and found another job.

NEPA Pets was started in 2012 when I decided it would be hard for me to stand out from other bloggers on my old blog, afFURmation. I needed to make some changes. So I niched down and decided to to start a blog with my main audience being pet owners in my local area. Along with local topics my plan is to also write about general pet information.

2. Tell us one thing that you accomplished on your blog during 2014 that made you proud.

Facebook. I know. How can I be proud about anything going on with Facebook considering all the changes they have been making? Well, I’m proud of having grown my NEPA Pets Facebook page this year. Social media has been hard for me to get into but I have been staying pretty active on my page. With some occasional targeted advertising and more and more organic growth, I’m starting to feel comfortable there. Now to work on that engagement.

3. What lessons have you learned this year – from other blogs, or through your own experience – that could help us all with our own blogs?

No blog is an island.

When I started my first blog in 2007 I didn’t know any other pet bloggers.

It was a bit lonely.

Then I found Blog Paws and other pet bloggers and I found that being part of a community is what helps you grow. I feel lucky to belong to a small group that offers each other help and support.

4. What have you found to be the most successful way to bring traffic to your blog, other than by writing great content?

I’d be able to answer this better if I wrote more. Right now search tends to be my biggest source of traffic and that’s probably just due to luck. I haven’t spent much time on optimizing my posts. I’ve been working on using SEO on each post and having pin-worthy shareable images for my posts so we’ll see what my traffic looks like next year.

5. What was your most popular blog post this year? Did it surprise you that it was your most popular?

On Pet Product Review my most popular post was my review of the AuggieDog.

I’m surprised yet not surprised this was my most popular. I didn’t know there were so many people looking for a way to make poop picker upping so much easier. But since there are so many people I’m not surprised that they would want to learn more about something like the AuggieDog before they bought one.

On NEPA Pets my most popular post was my Thrifty Thursday post Make Your Guinea Pig A Cage.

I’m not too surprised this was popular. I haven’t written many posts on NEPA Pets this year so there aren’t a lot of posts to be popular. And people are always looking for ways to save money. And guinea pigs need cages.

6. What was your favorite blog post to write this year?

I don’t think I really have 1 favorite post this year especially since I didn’t add many new posts to my blogs. But I love doing my You Know You’re A Pet Parent  When… series on NEPA Pets. It still amazes me all the little things we do that show how pet-centric our lives are.

7. Has your policy on product reviews and/or giveaways changed this year?

No, my policy is still the same. I do product reviews on Pet Product Review, but I don’t on NEPA Pets.

If you do reviews, what do you find works best, and what doesn’t work at all?

I find doing in depth reviews is what works best for my blog and I hope they are helpful to the people that read them. I am going through my reviews and making sure they are all set with SEO. I think this will be helpful since most of my traffic for my review blog is from search engines.

This year I tried adding a blog hop for other bloggers to link up their reviews. I also featured one of the bloggers who had joined the blog hop. I didn’t have the time to promote the posts the bloggers linked up so it didn’t really get any momentum.

If you don’t do reviews, is this something you’d like to do more of? What hurdle is getting in your way?

I made the decision to not do reviews on NEPA Pets. I think I’ve mostly made that decision because I have PPR, but I also think it’s because I have other ideas for how I want to grow the site and I am afraid if I start doing reviews it will take me off track.

8. What’s your best piece of advice for other bloggers?

See number 3. Become part of the pet blogging community. Best thing to do ever.

9. What goals do you have for your blog in 2015?

My goal for 2015 is to get out of debt. It might not seem like a blog goal, but it is for me.

Being out of debt means so much to me. It means less stress because I won’t have to worry about having enough money to cover my bills. It means not having to work overtime just to keep up. It means having extra money that I can spend on my blogging. It means no longer making stupid decisions because of money. It means a sense of freedom I don’t think I’ve ever felt.

10. If you could ask the pet blogging community for help with one challenge you’re having with your blog, what would it be?

Don’t give up on me! I’m not as active as I’d like to be mostly because of working toward my goal of being debt free and I always feel bad because I’d don’t comment or share as much as I’d like. It’s another reason I can’t wait to dump the debt- more time to spend visiting other blogs.

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Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year’s!

Eurwheeka joined me in wishing you a great 2015 and to start it off I’m joining in a 52 week photo challenge. Each week I’ll take a photo that is based on the theme for that week. This week’s theme is NEW.

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You are welcome to join in the challenge  on your blog or social media and you don’t have to do pet related photos. Just post your picture and be sure to use hashtags #PBSG and #52Snapshots. Each Friday a linkup will be posted on The Lazy PitBull to link up your blog posts.

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Giveaway

The Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Giveaway Wrap Up

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Wow! It’s amazing how fast Christmas comes and goes. Hope you had a great holiday!

Even though Christmas is over there is still time to enter The Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers.

Take a look at what you could win-

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$100 Gift Certificate to theArtofAJ.com

Silicone baking mat and a Chilly Mat

Glass pet bowl from PawNosh

Brain teasing dog puzzle from the Company of
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Adjustable Bangle Bracelets with your choice of 4 charms, 1 crystal and a custom stamped disk

Choice of a Treat & Train or Train & Praise Remote Treat Dispenser

Custom pet portrait embroidery hoop from Hither Rabbit

Set of books by Peggy Frezon

Treat pack from Cloud Star Buddy Biscuits

Laser engraved leather collar from Ruha Leather

Big Foot Paw Bed and fleece pillow plus plush dog toys from P.L.A.Y.

2 pairs of handmade earrings from For Love of a Dog

Fruitables Whole Jerky

a beaded dog collar from artist, Mary Hone

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$25 in treats from Jones Natural Chews

$50 in custom collars from OK Collars

T-shirts for dog lovers from Inkopious

Prize pack from Earth Rated poop bags

$25 gift certificate for Pridebites Dog toys

3 dog books from Hachette Books

Durable dog toys from Go Dog Robusto Dog Bowls from Loving Pets

A $25 Etsy Giftcard

 

You have until December 31st to enter to win one of the fabulous prizes or win the grand prize containing 1 of each prize from all 24 giveaways. Good luck!

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Merry Christmas

From my family to yours-

 

Merry Christmas! from NEPA Pets

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Christmas Countdown Giveaway Videos

Christmas Countdown Day 24- A Musical Hound

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The Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Day 24

Welcome to Day 24 of the #Advent4Dogs Giveaway hosted by Kol’s Notes, Dogthusiast, Heart Like a Dog, NEPA Pets & Wag’n’Woof Pets. Today’s give away is a $25 gift e-card for Etsy!

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Christmas Countdown Day 23- Christmas Countdowns Past Part 2

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On Day 20 we took a look back at some posts from Christmas Countdown 2011. Today we’ll look at some of crafty posts from 2012’s and 2013’s Countdown.

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Cinnamon Applesauce ornaments are an easy to make craft you can give for those last minute gifts, use as a decorative touch for gift wrapping or make to add some holiday cheer and scents around your house

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These DIY Air Fresheners are easy to put together and are reusable. You can use holiday scented potpourri to make your home or office smell like Christmas

 

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This easy to make Catnip Kicker will make your cat blissfully happy on Christmas morning.

 

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These Easy To Make Pet Beds can be put together in a short time to make as gifts for friends’ pets or shelter pets.

 

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The Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Day 23

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Welcome to Day 23 of the #Advent4Dogs Giveaway hosted by Kol’s Notes, Dogthusiast, Heart Like a Dog, NEPA Pets & Wag’n’Woof Pets. Today’s give away is sponsored by Loving Pets. Enter now for your chance to win Robusto Dog Bowls!

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Christmas Countdown Giveaway Pet Parent

Christmas Countdown Day 22- You Know You’re A Pet Parent When #56

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Isn’t it great?

We get the excitement and fun of watching our little ones open their presents, but we get to do it with plenty of sleep.

 

 

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The Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Day 22

Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Day 22 Go Dog

Welcome to Day 22 of the #Advent4Dogs Giveaway hosted by Kol’s Notes, Dogthusiast, Heart Like a Dog, NEPA Pets & Wag’n’Woof Pets. Today’s give away is sponsored by GoDog. Enter now for your chance to win!

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Christmas Countdown Day 21- Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Week 3 Review

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Just a few more days until Christmas which means we are getting to the end of our Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Giveaway!

 

Look at the prizes that were revealed this past week-

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Day 14 brought you the chance to win a beautiful handmade beaded collar from Tales From The Back Road.

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Love to travel with your pet? Day 15’s prize will help you with your next trip with $50 from Go Pet Friendly.

Enter here.

 

 

Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 16

 

Day 16’s prize is a dog’s dream with the chance to win $25 worth of treats from Jones Natural Chews.

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Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 17

 

 

 

 

Round out your dog’s wardrobe with Day 17’s prize of $50 in custom collars from OK Collars.

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Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 18

 

 

 

Win Day 18’s prize and show the world how much you love dogs with some fashion from Inkopious.

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Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 19

 

Always be prepared for poop pickup with Day’s 19’s prize of a prize pack from Earth Rated.

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Advent Calendar for Dog Lovers Day 20

 

 

You can always use more dog stuff right? Day 20 brought you a $25 gift credit to use on Pridebites.

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And what is today prize?

Advent Calendar For Dog Lovers Day 21

Welcome to Day 21 of the #Advent4Dogs Giveaway hosted by Kol’s Notes, Dogthusiast, Heart Like a Dog, NEPA Pets & Wag’n’Woof Pets. Today’s give away is sponsored by Hachette Book Group. Enter now for your chance to win 3 great dog books!

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