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On Being an Herbal Academy Affiliate

Herbal Academy Courses

I’ve tried several affiliate programs and most have not been worth the effort. However, the Herbal Academy Affiliate program has been one that I would recommend if your niche contains herb lovers, homesteaders or tree huggers.

Commission payments are sent out the first full week of every month with an outstanding balance of $50 or more by Paypal. I make a 15% commission on every referral. I get 35% off Herbal Academy’s Online Programs and Herbalist Packages and sometimes I even get to take a course for FREE in exchange for a blog post, There are banners and images galore to make promoting easy. And finally, the courses are of the highest quality which makes it easy for me to rave about.

You can read the Affiliate Terms and Agreements here.

I’ve taken several of Herbal Academy’s courses myself.

Learn how to wildcraft and identify plants confidently in the Botany & Wildcrafting Course!My review of the Botany and Wildcrafting Course is here.Enroll in the Herbal Self-Care for Stress Management Course My review of the Herbal Self-care for Stress Management Course is here.The Craft of Herbal Fermentation Course by Herbal Academy My review of the Herbal Fermentation is here.

The Herbarium Membership for Herbalists

Herbal Academy also sponsors the membership only herbal online library The Herbarium. There you can find articles, downloads, video, podcasts, monographs, and an herbal bookshelf designed to add to your herbal knowledge. They have also begun a new series of intensive workshops concentrating on herbal treatment for specific conditions. The first course is called Herbs for ADHD, Cognition, and Focus.
Herbs for ADHD Intensive enrolling thru October, 21st

But that’s not all! Herbal Academy also has its own store choked full of fun and useful herbal products. My personal favorites are the Materia Medica Journal and the Herbal Starter Kit.A complete Herbal Starter Kit by Herbal Academy

Goods Shop by Herbal Academy – botanically inspired products

So really, what’s not to love about being an Herbal Academy Affiliate?

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31 Day Writing Challenge

Right on the heels of the A to Z Blogging Challenge, I accepted the 31-day writing challenge by WritersBra. I really liked the topics, however, knowing that daily blogging is WAY too time-consuming for me, I’ve decided to space this out AND include links to those items I’ve already done on my blog and links to those that will appear in the near future.  That may be bending the rules a bit, but there’s no sense reinventing the wheel.  In this post I will list the topics, linking them to qualifying posts scattered throughout my blog.

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Infographic, longer About Me page and the story behind the name Surviving Mexico Adventures and Disasters

I’ve combined the above three items into one page.  I made a nifty little infographic and added it to my About Us page.  On the infographic, you’ll find the quote that inspired my blog name.  I also went a few steps further and edited the About me pages on Pinterest, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.

Book reviews

I recently have become an online book reviewer and have had the opportunity to review a number of books.  You can find the books I have reviewed on Surviving Mexico and those that are reviewed on other sites under the subheading Book Reviews.

My favorite quote and Why I blog

I have been asked about my favorite quote before.  I was nominated for the Brotherhood of the World Award by a fellow blogger in 2015.   In the responses, I also talk about why I blog.

The passions get me out of bed in the morning are inseparable from my current goals (blogging and otherwise).

In January I made some concrete resolutions.  I revisited them in June to provide an update on my progress.

Contest

In July I scheduled a contest for a free e-book.  Entrants must complete the 8 question quiz about Surviving Mexico’s media sites.  Everyone who answers all the questions correctly is entered into a drawing for a free e-book from the list of books I have reviewed. (See And the winner is…)

Expert guest post

I was the expert guest post on WritersBra in May 2017.  My blogging tips post (16 Blogging Tips to Help Your Blog Blossom and Grow) highlighted some ideas that can help you keep on blogging.  Each of the interviewees in my series was an expert in his or her own field.  (Modern Day Marias, Inspirational Women Writers in Mexico, Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading) I also started a new series written by Geneva on Southern Comfort Food Mexican Style.

Blogger’s bucket list

This is my first ever bucket list.  Twenty-two items that either I have already accomplished or am planning on achieving before retiring from blogging.

Quality affordable tools for blogging

I don’t often post about the process of blogging as that is not what my blog is about.  However, I have recently posted Failing at your own business–Blogging and Blogging Thingamajigs highlighting different tools that I have used in the writing of this blog.

Summarize other person’s work

In May, I took an Introduction to Permaculture class.  You can see the summary of my coursework here.

Publish ebook

I’ve been working on a series of ebooks about our adventures and disasters in Mexico.  But, did you know I have one already published?  Find out more here!

Publish post of most successful media posts

I received quite a bit of positive feedback from both the Modern Day Marias series and the Blogs about Mexico Worth Reading series, both from participants and readers.  I enjoyed compiling these series as well and hope to continue adding to them down the line.

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Build a mailing list/Offer free help/Favorite blogs about Mexico

All of these I did during the month of June.  I contacted many of the bloggers on my blogroll and asked if they would like to be featured on my blog.  If they were interested, I sent them a questionnaire and a badge with the link to their post when it was ready.  My hope was that a few of those who read their blogs would find my blog interesting, thus adding to my mailing list (followers). In the spirit of reciprocity, my readers would be encouraged to check out the featured blog and follow the ones that tickled their fancy.  It also gave me a way to display my blogroll around the topic of Blogs about Mexico.  See Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading.

Share my failures and successes

Creating a life is a hit or miss deal.  For me, there have been more misses than hits.  I wrote an entire series about Failing at your own business for you to learn from my mistakes.

Publish list of myths

There are all sorts of myths that relate to starting your own business.  Launch Your Dream by Dale Partridge mentions and dismisses a number of them.  You can see my review here.

Publish hidden gems

Did you know that you are a hidden gem?  Read an earlier post about relative value and work.

Create a how-to guide

My posts are full of how-to type ideas.  In April I did a series on how to survive various disasters (mostly by moving to La Yacata) as my topic for the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I hope you had a chance to read it!

Host an interview

In December, I hosted a series of interviews in Modern Day Marias.  In them, women who have moved to Mexico with their significant other told their stories.  They are really remarkable!

Write an inspiring/motivational post

I consider my post Learning Gratitude my most inspiring post.

Survey/Reader’s comments/Publish most popular blog comments/Answer comments personally

During the month of July, I had a Reader Survey open to gather some data on where I was going with my blog.  I posted the results in August.  I don’t have many reader’s comments, so instead, I shared the comments I received with the survey.

Handwrite a post /Thank you post

I added a handwritten thank you image to the Reader Survey Results post.

Share a secret

I have a secret hobby.  Nothing earth shattering mind you.  You can read about it, here.

There you have it, folks!  The links to my completed 31-Day Writing Challenge sponsored by WritersBra.  I think I’ll take a break from challenges for a bit.  Unless of course, you have a good challenge to share?

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Reader Survey Results

Have you entered? Today is the last day for a chance for a free e-book.

Recently I designed an anonymous survey through PollDaddy and requested the participation of my readers. My goal was to help determine the future direction of Surviving Mexico by seeing what readers enjoyed in the past and what they would like to see more of in the future.  Here are the results.

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Question 10–Do you have any suggestions or comments for Surviving Mexico?

*How about an interview with our husbands? Actually, this isn’t a bad idea.  Most of my acquaintances are women who have relocated to Mexico with their deported Mexican husbands.  However, there are a number of men who have come to Mexico with their deported Mexican wives and families.  Then there are spouses who have come to Mexico with their families for other reasons. Hearing from them would be interesting.

*No. I wouldn’t presume. Presume away!  I’m open to new ideas!

*You are part of my due diligence as we prepare to move to Mexico. We will also be living in a small town far from other expats. I am interested in what life is like in the boonies. Life outside expat areas is quite a bit different, believe me!  Glad to be of assistance!

*Whatever you do, I hope you keep blogging! Thank you!  I do plan on continuing as long as there are adventures (or disasters) to be had.

*I enjoy your posts and pass some of them on to other ex-pats. Thank you!  If what I write is useful, please pass it on!

*Keep writing! Love to read them. Thank you!  I will!

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Although this survey is now closed, I would still love to hear from you! Feel free to drop me a line at any time!

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Blogging Bucket List

This is my first blogging bucket list.  In fact, I was so unsure what a bucket list was, I looked it up.  For your information, a bucket list is “a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying” according to Merriam-Webster.  Not that I plan on dying anytime soon, but I do think there will come a time when my blog dies (as in I won’t be blogging anymore).  So before that happens, here’s a list of things that would be good to do before that happens, so I can at least go out with a blaze of glory.  

Have at least 10 pages and 100 posts with a customized menu bar.  

As of May 10, 2017, I have 23 pages and 399 posts published (with 22 scheduled for publication). My Resources for a life well lived in Mexico page is currently undergoing some changes.  Feel free to drop by and add your two-cents (or submit a resource you think would be of interest to my readers).  I recently redid my menu bar to better organize my topics.

Dress up my theme with customizations.

Since I discovered Canva, I have been having a field day changing my headers and featured images.  I’m far from finished, but I hope that it all is looking a bit more professional.

Pay for a custom domain URL.

When I first started blogging, I went with the free WordPress.com domain name. Now I’m just a .com–moving up in the world!

Win a cheesy blogger award in your niche.

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I was nominated for the Brotherhood of the World Award in 2015 and passed the goodness forward (although I never did hear from any of my nominees).

Join a blog hop or carnival to meet new bloggers in your niche.

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I am in several blogging groups and have participated in several blog hops and carnivals.  I thought my niche would be homeschooling moms, but it turns out it wasn’t.  My niche is women living in Mexico.  Who’d a thought?  Anyhoo, I participate regularly now with my  South of the Border Bloggers monthly link up.  Are you a woman?  Do you live south of the US border?  Do you blog?  Join us!

Guest post on another blog.

I’ve actually been a guest blogger three times now.  Twice with WritersBra (Failing at your own business–Blogging and Blogging Tips) and once with Inspired livelihood (Failing at your own business (or not)–Saturday School) although it looks like that post has been taken down and lost in cyberspace.  

Have a guest writer on your own blog.

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My son WPTF has been a guest blogger on my site.  My artist friend Claudia has been a guest poster on my site with her adventures in San Pancho.  I had 9 brave women tell their stories in the series Modern Day Marias. Recently, I began interviewing authors in a monthly series, Inspirational women writers in Mexico.  The newest guest blogger series is entitled Blogs About Mexico Worth Reading.

Reach 100 Visitors in a Single Day

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I average 200 visitors most days, but it certainly wasn’t that way at the beginning.  Although it isn’t a huge amount of traffic, I feel like it’s a solid number.  The next goal is Get to 500 page view hits a day.

Receiving Your First Piece of Fan Mail (Well, Email)

This happened in December of 2016 and was from Judy King, who I later featured in the Inspirational Women Writers in Mexico series.  She had been doing some research on Mexican women in the revolution and came across my post about Marcelina.  We’ve kept up a regular correspondence since.

Getting Your First Negative Comment

Although it wasn’t a positive experience, it certainly was memorable.  One of my email subscribers posted a comment to the effect that my blog was boring and wanted to know how to unsubscribe.  I unsubscribed him and deleted his comment.  Who needs that kind of negativity?

Hitting Your First 100 Email Subscribers

I have 82 email subscribers.  I’m nearly there!

Seeing a Post You Wrote Go Viral

This hasn’t happened yet, but it will be neat when it does.

Getting Mentioned or Followed by an A-list Blogger

I have two OMG experiences.  The first was when Barbara Winters, the author of one of my all-time favorite books Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love, followed my Surviving Mexico page on Facebook.  And the second was when Worldschooling Central featured one of my pictures on Instagram.

Get a custom logo.

I’m not exactly sure what prompted my desire for a personalized logo, but once I set my mind to it, I went out and got it.  Many thanks to Clau Guzes for her patience with me during the designing process.

Monetize your blog through ad networks or affiliates.

Although I have affiliate links throughout my blog, I really only make money with Amazon.  For two years straight, I’ve made enough from the commission to pay for my domain name.  Yeah me!

Set up a Google + page.

I have a Google + page.  I have 3 followers.  It seems that only I can see my posts.  It looks like I’ll have to work on that!  I’m actually thinking I should just delete it. 

Make a go at Tumblr.

I can’t say that Tumblr has been a great success either.  I did recently reach a new level of achievement with 250 posts, but my followers are few and far between.

Turn a year’s worth of blog posts into a book.

I’ll let you know when this happens!

Get 1000 Twitter followers.

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I have 108 followers.  I do however have 316 likes.  So that’s something right?  I think I need to work on my Twitter account.

Have a television show contact you.

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I was contacted March 2017 by Animal Planet.  Apparently, they were looking for off-grid families in Mexico to feature.  Because my son is now a teenager and less apt to do command performances, and because we have fewer animals these days, I regretfully declined.  But it was pretty cool to be considered!

Be featured in a magazine.

We were chosen as one of the Star 2014 Modern Homesteaders sponsored by Mother Earth News. Really!  Check it out!

Start a blogging challenge of some sort and get others to join you.

This would be fun! Any ideas?

Earn a monthly income from blogging of at least $500.00.

Boy, this would be nice.  I’ve begun featuring some of my book reviews on my site which has generated a modest income, but nowhere near $500 per month.

Achieve World Domination

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At one time I thought that world domination was what I wanted.  I’ve since decided that would be too much work.  I’m happy with where I am in the blogging world right now, although there are a few more things on my bucket list yet to cross off.

What’s on your blogging bucket list?

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