Friday, May 27, 2011

Coming August 2011!

Random Thoughts of a Tangled Mind- The book!
by Alyssa Ast

Our journey in life follows a path laid out before us, but circumstances in life often cause us to lose sight of our path and deviate from our final destination. The path ahead of us in life is derived from who we are and what we are meant to be. Discovering who and what you’re meant to be in life is a difficult road to walk down. But, by learning from your mistakes and taking time to reflect on where your path in life is headed, you can then succeed in your life's journey. Although Alyssa Ast’s journey has only just begun, she’s discovered where she wants her path to lead. Join Alyssa on her journey with the lessons she’s learned, with her random thoughts as she tries to weave her way thru her tangled mind to finally succeed in her journey.

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Thursday, May 26, 2011

'The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe' Now Available on Amazon Kindle!

You can now purchase your copy of The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe on Amazon Kindle for only $2.99!

The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe
by Alyssa Ast

'The Fundamentals of SEO for the Average Joe' is a valuable resource for increasing web traffic and profit potential. Author Alyssa Ast provides the basics of SEO (search engine optimization) in a clear and concise format. This resource also explains how SEM works to improve traffic and SERP's ranking. The combination of these methods ensures website visibility and profit probability.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up

We Are All Unique
When we first created The WM Freelance Writers Connection, then known as Writing Mommies, I had just started my freelance writing journey a few months prior. At that time, I had no idea just how vast the freelance writing world is. Freelance writing is more than just a career, it’s a way of life for us that often doesn’t receive the credit it deserves. Freelance writers play a large role in every ones day to day lives, and most are unaware of where the content they read every day comes from.

Google Panda: What does it mean for you?
Have you heard about Google's new Panda? No, it's not a cute, black and white cuddly bear, but a new method Google uses to index websites and web content to produce a SERP ranking. Some of you may not have noticed the changes as Panda was put into place, but others may have noticed a drastic decline in site traffic and ranking. If this is the case, it's essential you become up to speed and learn how to get your site back on top!

When Opportunity Knocks
Throughout our writing careers, opportunity often knocks on our door when we least expect it. What surprises me the most when opportunity knocks is where the opportunity originated from. I've worked with clients who have found my work on sites I never expected to land clients from. Casual conversations with random people have left me with freelance opportunities.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up

Local Writer Meet Ups
This past weekend, I attended a local author and writer festival. I look forward to this event every year because who doesn't love mingling with others who share the same passion. This year was probably the best year I have attended. Normally, there are many authors and writers from surrounding areas, but this year there were a couple of authors from the town I currently live in.

Firefox vs. Internet Explorer
The Internet browser you use plays a large roll in your writing life, whether you realize it or not. Up until recently, I only used Internet Explorer but had to change over to Firefox a few weeks ago for a client. I was hesitate to reinstall Firefox because I tried it for a week or two a couple of years ago and hated it! But, this time around it doesn't seem so bad. I still mainly use IE, but there are times I will switch over to Firefox.

Is Self Publishing the Gateway to Landing a Publisher?
This past weekend, I attended our local author and writer festival just as I do every year. I look forward to the festival every year because it’s a great way to connect with people who have a passion for writing. I always make great contacts, land interviews and overall, have a great time. This year I would say was the best year I’ve attended and I plan on attending the local writing group I learned about from this event.

SEO Website Review:
Stephanie Holbrook Stevens and Sarah Porter-Pennington, owners of writing resource, granted me permission to review their freelance writing website. provides valuable information to freelance writers in a clear, concise and informative technique.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Alyssa's Weekly Wrap Up

Dealing with Pain in the Butt Clients
When working with clients, very rarely will you run across a client/writer relationship that’s perfect. There will always be times when you wish you could punch your client in the face and times you become nearly bald dealing with their shenanigans. But, when does dealing with pain in the butt clients become too much? How much are you willing to put up with for the sake of a paycheck? It’s important to know your limits and when it’s time to call it quits to save yourself from unnecessary headaches and stress.

Blogging is Only Half of It
Being a blogger and blogging is only half of it. If you want to develop a strong blog with dedicated readers you have to take the time to read blogs also. Taking the time to read blogs is great on so many levels. It won't just boost your blog, but it will also improve your writing skills. Plus, you can connect with some pretty awesome people in the process.

Meet the Author: Shelia Burket
My name is Shelia Burket. I live in Elkview WV. I am married to Dave who is an EMT. We have four children between us; Cole, Cody, Courtney, & Dylan, and one grandchild, Noah.
Courtney is married to Justin, a US Marine. I write romance novels and children's stories. I have one romance published on Kindle called Longing For December.

Ultimate Blog Challenge Failure
As I mentioned earlier in the month, I was participating in the Ultimate Blog Challenge this month with my personal blog, Random Thoughts of a Tangled Mind. Well, my hesitation to do the challenge in previous years because I didn't think I had the time or enough thoughts to blog about turned out to be true. I kept up with the challenge for a couple of weeks, but my motivation to keep blogging quickly dwindled off. I'm officially an Ultimate Blog Challenge failure.

Behind Closed Doors
I've noticed, very rarely are people actually who they appear to be. Behind closed doors they are completely different people than who they let onto be when the eyes of others are watching. Many people put on an act when around others. In my opinion, many do this because society has created certain images of how people are suppose to be: the good, Betty Crocker housewife, the hardworking, handyman husband, and the flawless children. When you don't measure up to these images society has created, labels and judgemental views begin to be thrown around.