We loved the opportunity to talk with Deb and Dave of the super fun adventure travel site The Planet D. Hearing the story of how they made their travel dreams a reality through a leap of faith and quitting their jobs in the film industry is inspirational, as is the way they see the world and do life together! And, of course, we LOVE the ‘task’ of going through their pictures to choose which ones to feature in this post. It’s always a struggle when we interview travel bloggers like Deb and Dave, Finding The Universe and Be My Travel Muse. Welcome to the Mediavine blog, Deb and Dave! Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, and your everyday life. Hi everyone, we’re Dave and Deb. A married couple of 21 years that decided to leave our careers in the lm industry in […]

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Mediavine publisher Laurence Norah of Finding The Universe actually came to blogging from the computer tech side, which is more unusual than one might think. His technical know-how has combined with his passion for travel and photography to create an exciting and beautiful site that’s no slouch in the SEO department. We persuaded Laurence to stay grounded long enough to share his story and expertise with us. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, and your everyday life. Hi! I’m a half British, half Seychellois professional photographer and blogger who loves to travel – especially to experience the great outdoors. My wife Jessica and I run our two blogs together full time. Right now we travel about six – eight months of the year, and spend the rest of our time working from home in Edinburgh, Scotland. How did you get started blogging? […]

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Today on the blog, we’re spotlighting Mediavine publisher Alexis Schroeder of Fitnancials, where she covers all things fitness and finance, with some travel and health thrown in. She may still be in college, but she’s an experienced publisher from a blogging family, as you’ll read more about below. Welcome, Alexis! Thank you for talking with me. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, and your everyday life. Hello everyone! My name’s Alexis and I am a senior in college studying Psychology. Besides school, I spend a lot of my time blogging. When I’m not blogging, I’m mountain biking, reading, or traveling. I’ve been an au pair in Italy, volunteer in Peru, and travel often with my mom all around the world. How did you get started blogging? I originally started because my sister, Michelle, from Making Sense of Cents inspired me to start […]

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2017 Session Refresh on Page Speed Optimization Eric Hochberger, Mediavine Co-Founder and CEO, still wants you to think like a robot.   In his knowledge-packed session at our 2017 conference in Charleston, he broke down the nuts and bolts of page speed in a language all us non-developers can understand: PLAIN ENGLISH. There aren’t many people involved in the digital space who will tell you that page speed doesn’t matter. Anyone who’s ever yelled “just LOAD!” in frustration at a glowing screen or pressed the back button 50 times while trying to read the news on their phone KNOWS that site speed is an important thing. But many of us non-techies don’t know exactly WHY it matters so much to the people we want to work with (like Google and big brands) or HOW to fix the issues that are making our site slow. At our […]

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Any home inspector worth their salt knows that a cracked foundation means a full-stop in the home buying process. Well, for digital content creators, your host is your site’s foundation. Is it well-constructed and built soundly enough to withstand a battering from the digital elements? How can you tell? What should your host be doing for you? What questions should you be asking a potential host? For all the answers to our hosting questions, we went to Peter Green. Peter is the Owner and CTO of Agathon, a company that specializes in building and hosting web applications. Let’s start at the very beginning (a very good place to start?): What is a host? Starting at the beginning, when you sing you begin with “do – re – mi”… sorry, slipped into ‘The Sound of Music’ there for a second! What I meant to say was that a […]

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“You need a lawyer.” Whether it’s your one call after a wild night or a frantic cry for help after your most popular post has been copied and your images stolen, the need for legal representation typically elicits the same feelings as the need for a root canal. But what if it didn’t? What if you knew you had everything for your digital business put in place and you were covered before anything went wrong? Enter Jamie Lieberman, Esq. She’s a tattooed, purple-haired genius lawyer, with a firm and several businesses that specialize in legal concerns for digital content creators. Jamie will be breaking through the legal stigma in her session at the Mediavine Conference, “Lawyering Up: Blogger Legal Tips”, and she was kind enough to give us an interview preview. Hi Jamie! Thank you for taking the time to gab with us and do […]

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2017 Session Refresh Nicole Johnson is organized. It goes without saying that the Director of Publisher Support for Mediavine’s 2400+ publishers needs some serious prioritization skills. Add to the mix creating content for her own awesome blog Or Whatever You Do, and then toss in her seven adorable children? (Not a typo. SEVEN.) Organized is an understatement: Her time-saving strategies are next-level ninja. They’ve got to be for her to work full-time, put 7 kids to bed, and have any hope of time for fun things like eating food or staying sane. In her session at the Mediavine Publishers Conference 2017 in Charleston, “Mastering & Streamlining Work Flow”, she revealed her favorite tools to automate many of her blog tasks and her ‘set and forget’ social media strategy. From establishing a realistic blogging schedule you can stick with, to a CoSchedule tutorial from her unique […]

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MVP Latasha Peterson may not have been blogging long, but she has seen excellent results in that short time. She’s brought a lifetime of creativity to the blogging community and shares her strategies for building a sustainable online business on her site, Arts and Budgets. She was kind enough to share some of her journey and tips with us here. Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, and your everyday life. I am a true creative girl! I have been performing on stages in music projects and theater for almost my whole adult life. Currently, I live in a suburb right outside of downtown Chicago with my rockstar husband and amazing 1-year-old son. How did you get started blogging? Before I started my blog + biz I would often create music with a group of Creatives who were also looking to do what […]

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Today on the blog, we’re offering an publisher spotlight interview with Kristin Addis of the gorgeous solo female travel blog, Be My Travel Muse. This MVP paused from her rockstar world travels to speak with us from her years of blogging experience. You’re going to be seeing a lot more of this type of spotlight post, like this one with Melanie Gunnel of Mel’s Kitchen Cafe. We want to highlight as many of our awesome publishers as we can, so you may be receiving an interview request email from us. Now, on to Kristin! Tell us a little bit about yourself, your family, and your everyday life. I’m a native Californian who has been traveling, largely on her own, for the last five years. I’ve been to six out of seven continents and have hitchhiked on all of them, I have camped on most of […]

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Any financial blogger worth their IRA knows that there’s one conference to rule them all: FinCon. Launched in 2011 by Phillip “PT” Taylor, it’s taken a mere 6 years to grow to the 1700+ attendees that converged on Dallas this past October. It was the first year for Mediavine to sponsor this incredible event, and we were BLOWN AWAY by the energy, the effort and the spectacle of it all. I grabbed a chance to sit down with 2 of the ringmasters of this financial circus, Founder and CEO PT Taylor and Conference Organizer Jessica Bufkin, to pick their brains on the past, present and future of the conference. Interview with PT Taylor, Founder & CEO of FinCon Hi PT. So what was new at this year’s FinCon? PT: I try to keep things fresh with the event and this year was no exception. We […]

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