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Videos

How Chivalry Can Either Help OR Hurt Your Relationship [VIDEO]

How Chivalry Can Either Help OR Hurt Your Relationship [VIDEO]

We have to be honest. When we think of the word chivalry, the first word that usually comes to mind isn't equality. Ever since we were kids, we've been taught that being chivalrous involves your guy holding the door for you and offering to buy dinner. Despite popular belief, chivalry isn't just ...

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How To Know If You're Really Ready For A Relationship [VIDEO]

How To Know If You're Really Ready For A Relationship [VIDEO]

Even though your palms are sweating and it's getting harder to speak, you've finally mustered up the courage to confront the cute guy that you've been crushing on for months. It's almost as if time stops for those first few seconds after you push your nerves aside and just tell him how you feel; ...

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How Falling In Love Changes Who You Are [VIDEO]

How Falling In Love Changes Who You Are [VIDEO]

Whether you're in a relationship right now or are happily single, you probably know what it's like to feel romantic love and loss. Even though we've all heard the adage "Love conquers all", it's hard not to believe that it's true when we see how powerful it can be in our own lives. ...

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Seriously, Can Hooking Up REALLY Lead To A Relationship? [VIDEO]

Seriously, Can Hooking Up REALLY Lead To A Relationship? [VIDEO]

If we really think about it, chances are most people have had a one-night stand by time they are 30 years old. Even though most people see it as just having a good time, there have actually been times where strangers who had sex ended up dating each other. Be honest, we know we're not the only ones who think ...

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If You're Serious About Finding Love, You've Got To Do This

If You're Serious About Finding Love, You've Got To Do This

Even though there are so many ways to meet people, finding love these days is harder than ever. Seriously, who has the time to go out to different places on the off chance that you will stumble into the perfect guy? Honestly, when it comes to dating, it would probably be so much easier to just let someone else ...

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Success Stories

Hot Topics:Editorial Requests For Articles, Topics and Brainstorm

Hi Everyone!  Below are the weekly requests for articles from Cris, Kim and the editorial team. Please use this list as inspiration to write pieces and publish them to your profile. Reminder: Kim and her team will edit articles after they're published. Edits will be limited to content, typos, SEO help, image changes and clarity.

If your article requires major edits, we may not promote it due to time constraints. Please refer to the Better Blogger Guide for answers to your questions, and remember to bring questions/requests/inquires to Office Hours each Thursday at 12pm EST. If you need a copy of the Better Blogger Guide, please let us know. You're also welcome to email Melanie or Tina with questions/requests. You can reach Melanie here and Tina here.

If you've found this page and you're not yet a member of YourTango Experts, please email Tina to discuss the details and learn how you can get involved.

Breaking News: Breaking news will be updated daily before noon. Stories will encompass current events that require a quick turnaround. Deadlines will be given for each story. Please check in daily to see what is new in the world! Please email Cris (Cris@yourtango.com) if you are a PR member or  Kim (Kim@yourtango.com) if you a general member once you have written your article. 

  • No current breaking news stories. 

Don't forget to answer an Ask YourTango question from our readers! Keep your answers under 400 words and please do mention that you are a YourTango Expert and link to your page.

AS OF 12/22/2014 —— we are looking for articles on the following topics. Remember to reference the news item (better yet, link to it!) when writing your article so it's clear to the reader why your article is timely and relevant.

HP-Worthy means it will be highly considered for homepage placement.  

 

ARTICLE IDEA(S): At what point is being inappropriate in front of children? Is it different for fathers? Is it every appropriate for them to be naked in front of the kids? Are there any benefits to your children seeing you naked, such as helping them forming a realistic body image? In general, explore the power of the nude body and how to teach your children to be proud while understanding when to be modest.

ARTICLE IDEA(S): Amal Alamuddin made waves when she married George Clooney and even took his name. She's a powerful and internationally recognized woman. How do feminist women reconcile being strong and independent with a man's need to care and protect women? Do women have to make themselves vulnerable to allow to love happen? What advice can we give these types of women to help them find fulfilling relationships?

ARTICLE IDEA(S): For guys looking to settle down and start a family ... what are some of the ways they can tell their girl is "mom material" and what are red flags that this person could turn out to be a Mommie Dearest.

 

ARTICLE IDEA(S): Two new Child Development studies examine how much the type of emotional support a child receives during the first three and a half years effects their education, social life and romantic relationships even 20 or 30 years later. What do parents need to know about emotionally supporting their children? Parents focus on intellectual support and physical health and safety but many are still in the dark about how best to create an emotionally supportive environment. What expert advice would you give on this topic? 

​ARTCILE IDEA(S): MSTServices released an infographic about spanking. Interstingly, 93% of parents justify spanking while at the same time, 85% say they would prefer not to if there was an alternative way in which they believed would work. Why do parents default to spanking when so much evidence exists re: the long-term negative implications far out-weighing the short term reward of immediate compliance? What is the line between discipline and abuse? And if parents want alternative ways to discipline that will work -- what are those ways? How does a parent begin to transition away from using spanking as a means of discipline? And how can you make them feel supported in the process? 

ARTICLE REQUESTS AS OF 12/16/2014: 

  • Kindness in children and the nature vs. nuture debate: 

    We all aspire to raise smart, accomplished, self-confident children ... but are the KIND? This PsychologyToday article explores the importance of cultivating kindness in children and how it can't just be assumed that kids are naturally. 

    Article Idea: Why does teaching kindness to children matter? How do parents do so effectively? And how does a parent navigates the line between teaching your child to be kind and accidently teaching them to be a doormat? 

    Article Idea: Tackle the topic of raising kind children from gender specific points of view. Why is it important that we actively teach boys how to be kind and what are tips for doing so? What are some of the challenges of teaching girls to be kind in a culture that already teaches girls to put themselves last? 

     

  • The importance of embracing discomfort

    Our culture flees from all forms of discomfort (physical, emotional, intellectual, socio-political). Yet it is through discomfort, and expanding beyond our comfort zones, that we grow and evolve as people. 

    Article Idea: How does the importance of "leaning into discomfort" apply to romantic relationships? So often, as soon as things get hard, one or both partners abandon ship. Whether it's having challenging conversations or supporting a change your partner wants to make that inconveniences you, how can a couple approach "discomfort" in their relationship in a way that helps them thrive? 

    Article Idea: We are raising a generation of children who are sheltered from ever feeling discomfort. They never have to feel disappointment, they never have to combat boredom, they are rarely told no or that they can't have everything they want. Wanting a wonderful childhood for your kids is one thing, but how is this discomfort-aversion approach to parenting harming our children? What do parents need to understand and how can they start shifting their parenting now to help their kids cultivate a hearty personality and sense of resilience? 

If you're interested in syndication, here is what our partners are looking for (updated 9/18) Please note that articles previously published elsewhere (i.e. your blog/website) will NOT be considered for syndication. Only original articles to YourTango will be considered. 

  • We cannot guarantee syndication but will work with you to ensure your article is the best it can be. 
  • HuffPost 50: HP 50 is looking for stories on issues that affect people who are 50+. They also like general news stories/posts about celebs in their demographic, like this post: http://www.yourtango.com/2012133346/ten-longest-hollywood-marriages
  • HuffPost Divorce: HP Divorce is specifically interested in divorce and cheating/infidelity-related content. (General breakup-related content is less likely to be promoted.)
  • HuffPost Wedding: HP Weddings is looking for wedding content as well as stories about issues relating to engaged couples and women, i.e. "Is Marriage The New Status Symbol?"

      

Expert Office Hours-- Call Recordings

Below is the archived list of Office Hours calls. Each call is approximately 90 minutes and topics discussed are below. Please enjoy and if you have any questions, reach out. To access any of the calls, copy the link below into your podcast/mp3 software. This soft ware may launch on its own when you click the link or you may need to add the link to your player software.

Please be aware that the calls play using Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers only. Should you run into trouble getting the files to play, please let us know-- and remember, some of our best calls are from several weeks back, so don't miss them! Happy listening!

Office Hours call, December 18, 2014

This is our last Office Hours class of the year, I want to leave you with my list of insights and reflections from 2014.  I want to review my tips for making the most of your membership, tricks for how to break through writer’s block and what it takes to get your profile (as well as your articles) to rank in Google.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, December 11, 2014

Cris Gladly taught Office Hours this week, Cris is our PR editor. On the call today Cris workshoped some ideas with Experts to give a little insight into the process. How to dig down into he nuances of a topic. She also talked about writing that had performed well on the site and the process that she goes through to get to the finished product.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, November 20, 2014

On this office hours Melanie talks about writing tips.  Many Experts make some pretty common writing blunders, here she will help you strategize your way out of them.  At the end of the call she talks about creating a content calendar.  This is a tool for anyone who wants to get organized and schedule their articles across their website AND YourTango. Reference this document when she discusses the content calendar. 

See our latest training documents around our editorial strategy and our best advice on how to position yourself as an Expert on YourTango.  You can find them both on your tools page or at the links below.  Document one and Document two.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, Novenber 13, 2014

On the call this week we discussed adding videos to your articles. As many of you know, we produce videos for members. Part of our package is to promote all of the videos through YourTango’s homepage, affiliate partners etc.  All of that said, because videos are not governed by the same duplicate content rules that print content is, we can use them in many ways. This week, I want to talk to you about how…

Videos matters because having video for your brand does one incredibly important thing: it puts you in front of potential clients and consumers in a very personalized way.  One example is this article posted on Philly.com: Female orgasm: Battleground of science?

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, Novenber 6, 2014

On the call this week we discussed adding videos to your articles. As many of you know, we produce videos for members. Part of our package is to promote all of the videos through YourTango’s homepage, affiliate partners etc.  All of that said, because videos are not governed by the same duplicate content rules that print content is, we can use them in many ways. This week, I want to talk to you about how…

Videos matters because having video for your brand does one incredibly important thing: it puts you in front of potential clients and consumers in a very personalized way.  One example is this article posted on Philly.com: Female orgasm: Battleground of science?

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, October 30, 2014

This call discusses recently syndicated content, coping with comments that are less than kind and best practices for getting on a regular writing schedule.  Every Monday we post a list of the syndicated content on Facebook.  You can see the list we’ll discussed here.  Don’t forget about our latest training documents around our editorial strategy and our best advice on how to position yourself as an Expert on YourTango.  You can find them both on your tools page or at the links below.  Document One and Document Two

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, October 23, 2014

Melanie is continuing the discussion around how to brand your business in the smartest way on YourTango. For many of you, the list of all the issues you can help clients with is quite large, which is wonderful.  The challenge comes when you try to be all things to all people and unintentionally dilute what makes you a special contributor on our site.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, October 2, 2014

On the call, we’re discussing two documents sent out last Friday related to your voice on our site and our editorial strategy, (Document 1 and Document 2).

Melanie talks about what your smartest brand strategy on YourTango should be.  Many people are unsure about how to represent themselves on our site, including the voice they need to present as well as the topics that lend themselves to writing.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, September 25, 2014

Here we discuss how to market yourself in an article such that syndication sites will be interested in keeping your information in the body of the syndicated article.  We talk about CTA’s (Call to Action), how you can personalize your CTAs, how often you should change then, what’s TOO MUCH, and how partner sites view CTAs in general. This discussion includes the sophisticated nature of marketing yourself in an article and how partner sites like Huffington Post are penalizing and rewarding well-written articles.   Click here for some examples of good CTA’s (calls to action).

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, September 11, 2014

This call discusses getting back to basics around writing on YourTango.  During this call Melanie answers some common questions like: posting duplicate content, what our editors do to your articles once they’re on the site, who to contact if you have questions.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, August 28, 2014

On the call, Melanie discussed the latest updates to the Expert’s platform and clear up a few edits/fixes that everyone needs to make in order to make sure their profiles look great when prospective clients see them.

Also covered Melanie’s Facebook request for resource content and plans for the rest of our site’s updates and networking some on social media sites (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook).

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, August 14, 2014

On the call, we continued with our training on great content and talk about the most important topic of all: headlines.   Melanie does some live rewrites  to show you how to take a good headline and make it great!  This is one class you don’t want to miss.  Especially because headlines are the very thing that gets someone to click your article.  Without a good headline, your article is sure to underperform!

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, July 31, 2014

Executive Editor, Sabrina James, discusses our updated editorial strategy on YourTango.  We’re very excited by our new look and the sophisticated update to our headlines.  Traffic is up, visits are longer and overall the feedback has been great.  Hear Sabrina’s direction and feedback about  the best ways to get on our homepage, new content/strategy ideas and what’s coming next in 2014.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, July 17, 2014

This office hours session discusses how to become a stronger writer.  Many, in fact most of our members, are not here because they are professional writers.  Most are helpers in the field of mental health and self development.  With that as a background, writing is a skill that needs to be learned and practiced before one can expect it to really drive the traffic and influence that great writing does. 

We want to help set some realistic expectations around what you as a writer should see from your content.  This call covers everything from the beginning writer, advanced and expert writers within the context of self-promotion and marketing your business on YourTango.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, July 3, 2014

Melanie talks about  marketing your business/products/services via YourTango.  The discussion addresses the best ways to include links, upsell or self-promote your businesses without coming across as too pushy or too salesy.  She also covers updates from Google and how they evaluate links.  This has had an impact on the best practices for how to encourage readers to click from YourTango to you website.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, June 26, 2014

The topic for this class is Successful Content. Melanie reviews recent examples of articles and videos that have either gone viral or been syndicated; so lots of food for thought and examples of great pieces to emulate.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, June 12, 2014

This Office Hours discuss what we can all learn from the adjustments Google made in their search algorithms and website evaluations based on the latest Google Panda update (released mid May, 2014).

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, June 5, 2014

This Office Hours discusses Google Analytics and how Expert content is doing.  Several experts volunteered  to discuss their analytics on this call.  Listen to see how their content is performing. Melanie offers direction for blog posts/writing in the future.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, May 29, 2014

Melanie discusses a well thought out summer writing strategy.  She dives into to smart, timely topics to cover and best practices for getting content picked up on syndication sites.  Also, there were some significant changes on Google over the past week and we’ll cover how those have affected our site and our partnerships.  Rounding out  the she looks at some content that’s done very well over the past few weeks and see what lessons can be learned from these stellar pieces.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, May 15, 2014

Isabel Schwab, Your Tango’s new editor, offers her insights related to the Expert’s program, writing strategy and challenges as well as some insights about her position since she’s started.  Melanie and Isabel also cover the different roles of our editors and way for them to maximum attention.  Also covered was; what’s coming up for Experts in the next few months, including the next intensives and syndication opportunities from sites like Huffington Post, MSN and more

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, May 01, 2014

Fellow expert Monica Magnetti, an expert in creating ebooks, joins Melanie to discuss the best practices for creating a downloadable ebook.   The discussion includes the “ins and outs” of creating a great ebook to share and covers some smart ways to market your book once it’s available for sharing.

If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, April 17, 2014

This class talks about great content ideas.  Melanie shares ideas and assigns topics, as well as helps work through great content ideas that people bring to the call.  You will certainly leave this call with a head full of ideas to start moving forward!  If you missed this call, you can access it here.   Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, April 04, 2014

Melanie continues her discussion on the Google Keyword Planner Tool.  She provides answers to questions from the week before.  She will demonstrate how the tool works by taking a couple of expert ideas through the process to evaluate IF the topic is a good one to write about for SEO.   If you missed this call, you can access it here.  Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics

Office Hours call, March 27, 2014

This must listen to class discusses the “Google Keyword Planner Tool”.  Google now offers this powerful tool to help you determine keyword(s) to write about.  The effective use of keywords can make the writing you do on YourTango perform better and attract more readers.   Melanie talks about the  tool itself, how to use it, what to look for in your keyword research and where to embed them.  She goes over the best practices for using keywords to avoid being seen as spammy or problematic by Google.  Closing out the call is Hot Topics and content for Facebook.  If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office Hours call, March 13, 2014

Melanie covers content strategy and how to leverage celebrity and trending ideas/stories when you write your articles. In this candid discussion we talked about why we’re so connected to celebrities and how we can use their antics and sensational lifestyles as a way to grab the attention of a reader.   Also covered are trending topics, news items and Hallmark holidays.  If you need the links to the examples discussed in this call please contact Tina or Pam and mention Office Hours in the subject line and the date of the call.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!  Don't Forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics

Office Hours call, March 6, 2014

Rochelle is going to join us to discuss how to write exceptional headlines.  So please bring your articles and headline ideas to the call and Rochelle will help polish them for future publication. We will go over updates on our new private Facebook group and cover the details on our new Facebook contest.

In case you missed the call, you can access it here and remember to check out Hot Topics for ideas.

Office Hours call, February 27, 2014

Melanie talks about the latest changes on Facebook and how these updates/change have affected content and steps to “right” these problems.  We will discuss as a group how we can support each other to minimize the impact and cover once more our Facebook contest beginning on Saturday.

In case you missed the call, you can access it here and remember to check out Hot Topics for ideas.

Office Hours call, February 20, 2014

On this call Melanie discusses Syndication Wins.  She examines why these posts were picked up and what the editors had to say about the articles.   If you would like the list of articles discussed during this call contact Tina at ting@yourtango.com or Pam at pam@yourtango.com, be sure to put Syndication Wins in the subject line.

In case you missed the call you can access the recording here.  Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, February 13, 2014

Due to Snowstorm Pax Office Hours was canceled for this week.  In the meantime, Melanie assigned  little homework to keep things moving along.  She was personally moved by the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman.  So much so that it motivated her to write an article about how his death affected her.  This piece was picked up by the Huffington Post and it got her thinking about the power of personal essays. 

For your homework, she would like you to consider a topic that you could write about that has personal meaning to you.  For more information about the assignment contact tinag@yourtango.com or pam@yourtango.com

Don’t forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, February 6, 2014

Melanie discusses creating a content calendar.  This is one exercise that can be incredibly helpful for getting your thoughts organized around your brand and the blogs you want to write.  As many of you know, I do business coaching with members, and we’re going to look at a content calendar created for a member to help illustrate what goes into one and how you can manage posting content on multiple sites (your site and ours).  You can access the sample calendar here.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!  Don't Forget to check out this weeks Hot Topics

Office Hours call, January 30, 2014

This is a  following up with last week’s call and diving into what I call the “cycle of convergence”.  This cycle looks at what it takes for someone who interacts with one of your articles to make it through the various steps to reach your ultimate destination.  That destination could be your website, a specific landing page, a social media site etc.  

In carrying on our theme of “strategy”, today we’re going to talk about how you should orchestrate this cycle and “think” about in order to determine IF your content is working for you.  If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

The last 10 minutes we'll cover Hot Topics!

Office Hours call, January 23, 2014

Melanie starts the new year sharing some of  YourTango’s goal and changes for 2014.  She also discusses “Best Practices” and “Strategies” to maximize your potential. 

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!  Don't forget to check out this week's Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, January 16, 2014

Topics covered include: Editorial team changes, homepage placement, syndication, related links that you find in your articles, and then brainstorming.  Make sure to check out the Hot Topics items.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, January 9, 2014

Topics covered include: Look back at 2013, how the year has been, what we've learned, some BIG Wins for the year and then questions.  Quick talk about intensives for 2014. Make sure to check out the Hot Topics items

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office Hours call, December 12, 2013

Tina does an end of year wrap up call this week and fields questions from the experts .  Tina also shares some tips from Susan’s “Perfecting Your Profile”  call.  If you missed the call, you can access it here and be sure to check out this weeks Hot Topics.

A side note, Melanie wants your feedback regarding changing the Office Hours meeting time/day for 2014.  Would Wednesday or Thursday be a better day for the Office Hours, and the time of the meeting would change to begin at Noon Eastern?   Email: tinag@yourtango.com with your preferences   Also, If you were unable to attend the meeting and you have a question you would like answered, please send them to tinag@yourtango.com and she will get you an answer.

This will be the last Office Hours call for 2013 so From all of us at Your Tango "We wish You and Yours a Joyous Holiday Season and see you in the New Year"

Office Hours call, December 5, 2013

Rochelle talks about writing killer articles.  In the past few weeks we've had some big wins with articles being syndicated on the Huffington Post and elsewhere.   The calls explores what made those articles such a success on YourTango and our partners sites.  If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Don't forget to check out the latest Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, November 21, 2013

This week Rochelle talks about how Your Tango works.  She explains the different blog categories and SEO.  At the end of the call Hot Topics were discussed.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office Hours call, November 14, 2013

This week’s discussion is Google Analytics and how both the site and individual members are doing.  The last 10 minutes of this call covers the latest Hot Topics!

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office Hours call, Novenber 07, 2013

Rochelle discusses “Stellar Content”  and what it means to you and your brand.  Be sure to check out this week's Hot Topics.  If you need a copy of the handout for this call please email Tina at tinag@yourtango.com.  Remember to please the specify the date of the call you are requesting information for.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office Hours call, October 31, 2013

Don’t miss this one!  During this call Rochelle discusses content and brainstorms with volunteers about what are great topics to write for your business/brand.  All too often we see missed opportunities for great articles that we wish members would take up or write about to really strategically attract more business to their brands.  All of the great marketing gurus speak about the necessity of getting in the mindset of your clients... the question is how can you do this and then present your ideas in articles for those clients to find.  If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office hours call, October 24, 2013

The topic for this week was Google Analytics and how both the site and individual members are doing.  The last 10 minutes we'll cover hot topics!  

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office Hours call, October 17, 2013

Want to write killer articles?   This call explores what made some recently syndicated articles a success.  We’ve also had some great articles that made a splash on YourTango.  Included in your e-mail reminder were links to these articles.  If you need a copy of the e-mail please contact Tinag@yourtango.com.    If your missed the call, you can access it here.

Don’t forget to checkout the latest Hot Topics.

Office Hours call, October 10, 2013

This week we talk about “The Best of The Best".  Melanie talks about what she most wishes she could tell you to keep things going, and more importantly, GROWING over the next few months.  She answers your questions, brainstorms, and discusses what the overall intentions are for the rest of the year.  If you missed the call you can access it here.

Office hours call, October 3, 2013

Maternity leave schedule, and who to connect with any questions.  Additional followup on our call last week about "viral content", reminder about book interviews.  A look at where YourTango is going in the next 3 to 6 months.  Re-branding, re-calibrating article pages, Expert involvement in curated content on specific topics etc.  We rounded out the call with the latest hot topics.

If your missed the call, you can access it here.

Office hours call, September 19, 2013

This weeks discussion was, “how people gain big attention to an article, promotion or topic they want to discuss.” In addition, we covered how content is chosen to promote and what makes something have the potential to go viral.  All of you have the ability to get on our radar with great ideas. We also talked about the latest list of Expert content syndicated to some great sites.  We rounded out the call with the latest hot topics.

If your missed the call, you can access it here.

Office hours call, September 12, 2013

This week’s discussion is Using Google Keyword Planner. Topics include how to do keyword research and insights into how to make your keyword research work in articles both on your main website and on YourTango. As you are listening to the call please refer to the .pdf file included in your email reminder.   We have included tips, tools and insights for everyone, no matter if you're new to blogging or have been writing online for years.  NOTE: Due to a brief power outage Melanie drops from the call at one hour and 10 minutes but rejoins after 3 minutes. The call ended with hot topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

If you need an additional copy of the .pdf please contact Tinag@yourtango.com.  

http://www.freeconferencecalling.com/Recordings/Recording.aspx?fileid=IA1205_09122013110958449_1189144&bridge=513745&email=&accountid=1067028

Office hours call, September 5, 2013

This week’s discussion was Google Analytics and how both the site and individual members are doing.  Melanie asked for volunteers to discuss their analytics.  The call closed with a “Q&A” and Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

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Office hours call, August 29, 2013

In this call we discussed content and did some individual brainstorming about what are great topics to write for your business/brand and how to write strategically to attract more business.  All of the great marketing gurus speak about the necessity of getting in the mindset of your clients... the question is how can you do this and then present your ideas in articles for those clients to find. The call closed with a “Q&A” and Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here

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Office hours call, August 22, 2013

The topic for this week is SEO.  The first hour of the call will go over the the .pdf document included on your email to teach everyone HOW to write an article that's optimized on YourTango for SEO.  Additionally, over the past 6 weeks we have had 5 Experts writing SEO content based on our training and I'd love to give an update on how that's going.  We'll also discuss recruiting 5 additional Experts to take on this task, so if you're interested please let me know.  The call closed with a “Q&A” and Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here. http://www.freeconferencecalling.com/recordings/Recording.aspx?fileid=IA1205_08222013110847189_1172921&bridge=513745&email=&accountid=1067028

Office hours call, August 15, 2013

This week’s discussion was “syndication” and a look at what's been syndicated so far this month.  A few of these may surprise you!  Also covered in this call was why these pieces were picked up and what we can learn from them to help you get your articles syndicated.  The call closed with a “Q&A” and Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here. http://www.freeconferencecalling.com/Recordings/Recording.aspx?fileid=IA1205_08152013110840211_1167236&bridge=513745&email=&accountid=1067028

Office hours call, July 25, 2013

Several important topics this week, The State of the YourTango Union, a followup regarding the email about Huffington Post Love/Live, an intensive review for the two topics assigned in August: Living & Loving w/Mental Illness and Infidelity.  Also discussed were the new stats on your profile released this week.

We are also excited about the new bi-monthly call on "perfecting your profile" -- next call scheduled 7/31 at 2:30pm eastern.  The call closed with a “Q&A” and Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office hours call, July 18, 2013

Lisa Clampitt from the Matchmaker Institute joined us.  During this call she discussed why she became a Matchmaker and How she continues to make her business thrive.   The call closed with a “Q&A” and Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office hours call, July 11, 2013

First, as many of you know, I'm a huge fan of QuickSprout.com for marketing ideas and Neil Patel, their CEO/found published this blog on Monday:  30 Quick Content Marketing Tips Every Marketer Needs to Know.   We covered his tips/points and discuss the benefits of writing his way to help drive readers, traffic etc to your site.  If you can have this page up during our call, that would be fantastic.

We also discussed  about some wins from our Expert community last month; ending the call with Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office hours call, June 27, 2013

To start off, Melanie opened with a traffic update and what our success means to you. 

This weeks main topics was "conversion process" for potential clients, reading your content on YT and then going to your website.  The big question always seems to come back to "why am I not converting more clients?"

The call ended with hot topics and a quick request for Expert opinions on the DOMA ruling.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office hours call, June 20, 2013

This week's discussion includes Charles J. Orlando, a YourTango Expert who boasts an incredible following of 640K on Facebook.  Charles and I discuss how his success came about, the power his website has added to his ability to convert followers to paid clients and his secret sauce for staying creative online.  This weeks call ended with Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access it here.

Office hours call, May 30, 2013

This week’s discussion was  summer writing and how to keep your writing/business marketing going even when you're super busy having summer fun.

Included in this call is information on how to get articles on our homepage.  The call ended with this week's Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, May 23, 2013

This week's topic was "Copyright and Your Content."   This is essential information regarding how to protect your content and knowing what your rights are.  We concluded the call with this week's Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, May 15, 2013

We discussed "Writing Great Articles," and what topics are hot right now.  We concluded the call with this weeks Hot Topics.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, May 9, 2013

Today we're going to do Twitter basics.  Lots of members have asked me how to promote their content and Twitter is a fantastic place to get started.  That said, lots of people are confused about what it does, how it works and how much to tweet.  On this call we have to covered it all.   And for those of you either new to our calls or looking for a handy reminder, here are the links to Hot Topics and the archives.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, May 2, 2013

Today we're going to do a little housekeeping.  We've made some changes to the site over the past month and many people still haven't updated their profiles to reflect the changes.  So we'll cover in depth the changes and what you need to do to make your profile more appealing to readers.  Also we'll discuss our search for a new Expert's editor, the latest intensives, our contest and Google Analytics for our monthly chat on that topic.  We wraped up the call with this week's "hot topics".

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, April 25, 2013

We walked through the Profile process, answering questions and discussing the fields that needed to be re-addressed.  We wraped up the call with this week's "hot topics".

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, April 11, 2013

New SEO plans for your profile pages, Mother's Day & Father's Day content-- timing for posting for best chances of being promoted on the homepage, Recommendations for how much/frequency for publishing on YTE.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, April 4, 2013

Headline make-overs, how to know what content is about and what someone should click on, why they should click on it.  How to make sure your headline represent how well your article is written.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, March 28, 2013

We were joined by our Executive Editor, Kristine Solomon to explain in great detail our editorial mission and how you fit into this process.  Please note that the call was split into two parts.

If you missed the call, you can access Part 1 of the recording here!

If you missed the call, you can access Part 2 of the recording here!

Office hours call, March 14, 2013

Brainstorm on writing for SEO, based on our list of keywords that we rank for on the 1st and 2nd page for Google.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, March 7, 2013

The basics on editing: what we edit, how to write for editors, tagging, SEO, getting syndicated etc. The content that performed really well during the month of February 2013

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, February 21, 2013

We covered two important topics, well written profiles and content examples that are doing very well on the site.  Plus articles that have done well in the last 30 days.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, February 14, 2013

We revisited SEO.  Included are SEO basics (and what every expert needs to know) as well as how SEO plays into the content you write on YourTango.  Please find your presentation in the office hours reminder.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, February 7, 2013

Writing for love and relationship topics.  On the call we discussed understanding the YT audience, their needs, demographics and deeper discussion about how traditional and non-traditional brands fit in here.

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, January 31, 2013

We discussed Google Analytics and had a volunteer or two to chat about their stats.  We uncovered a few members who are doing things "right"; it's always good to have a role model or two!  We wraped up the call with this week's "hot topics".

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, January 24, 2013

Syndication, promotion and creating a content calendar for 2013.  We wrap up the call with this week's "hot topics".

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, January 10, 2013

Video project called "Expert Quickies" beginning in February.  HuffPo Live, if you want to learn more contact us please.  Editorial content calendar.  We wrap up the call with this week's "hot topics".

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

Office hours call, January 3, 2013

Who we are at YourTango Experts, the great articles of December review, Successfully syndicated content (Looking for examples to follow?  Here are several!) We wrap up the call with this week's "hot topics".

If you missed the call, you can access the recording here!

For the list of Office Hours Calls for 2012 click here.

 

Getting Started with YourTango-- MUST LISTEN TO CALLS

Welcome!  If you're new to YourTango and you want to get the most out of this experience, we suggest you take the time to listen to the calls below.  Each week in our Office Hours call we meet to discuss new topics related to marketing your practice/business, building your voice on YourTango and of course, finding new clients! 

Please be aware that the calls play using Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers only. Lots of topics make our weekly list, but the calls below are the "best of" what's offered each week. Take a look and happy to discuss any questions the calls raise. 

YourTango & You - Learn the ins and outs about how to best use your YourTango membership to promote your business and brand. Audience and traffic details are shared as well as how to market/promote a both a relationship focused AND an alternative health, wellness or beauty brand on our site. 

Understanding The Editorial Process -  This call takes you on a walk through of what happens to your content after you submitted it and before it is live on the site.  Also other information related to your content such as who owns the rights to it.

Writing Tips-  Many Experts make some pretty common writing blunders, here she will help you strategize your way out of them.  At the end of the call she talks about creating a content calendar.  This is a tool for anyone who wants to get organized and schedule their articles across their website AND YourTango. Reference this document when she discusses the content calendar.  

See our latest training documents around our editorial strategy and our best advice on how to position yourself as an Expert on YourTango.  You can find them both on your tools page or at the links below.  Document one and Document two.

Writing For SEO-  How to write articles to optimize your standing with search engines.  Please download our Expert's SEO e-book to follow along with as you listen to the call.  It's a visual explanation of all that's covered and makes the entire conversation "make sense".

Learning The Ins & Outs Of Content Marketing - Guest speaker Neil Patel, CEO of Quick Sprout, talks about content marketing and how you can use the articles that you write for YourTango to build your business.

Facebook 101 - Guest speaker YourTango Expert Charles J.Orlando shares about his amazing trajectory to 640 K fans.  On the call Charles talks about how to engage potential clients by using Facebook to promote your practice.

Twitter 101 - Curious about Twitter? We've got you covered.  This call covers the basics of setting up a Twitter account and the benefits of engaging your audience by using this microblogging platform.

Publishing 101- Guest speaker, Patrick Snow of www.createyourowndestiny.com discusses publishing books and book marketing.  The call covers the basics around making the NY Times Best-seller list, self publishing & more.

Have questions or a topic you'd like to see covered in Office Hours?  Send a note to Melanie with your suggestions.

Happy Listening!

Expert Articles and Videos Promoted To Our Partner Sites

To write posts that are targeted to our partner sites, you'll want to follow the guidelines listed in our "Better Blogger" guide and also do a little research to make sure a story like the one you want to create hasn't been written/posted in the recent past.

The best way to do this research is by taking your idea to Google and seeing what's been done on the topic. Search on a variety of keywords to make sure you're covering your bases. Then take that same search to the site you want to be on and check to see if they have promoted the same content in the recent past.

Below you'll find details on each of our partner sites along with several examples of articles/videos by Expert members that have been picked for promotion. Take a look to see the titles, content, length and angles that worked well on the various site.

Have questions? Please send them to Melanie@yourtango.com for answers or bring them to Office Hours so we can discuss as a group. Happy Writing!

Prevention

Prevention is a leader in health and wellness content. We're excited to partner with them!

MSN

MSN features fantastic lifestyle advice for curious, savvy readers. We're so excited to be featured on their homepage!

Elizabeth Street

Elizabeth Street is a smart website where "stylish moms meet".

Huffington Post

We are partners with several Huffington Post channels: Divorce, Weddings/Marriage, Travel & Crime. Below are several examples of articles that have been promoted. There are various types of professionals represented here: therapists, coaches, matchmakers, healing/body work professionals and more.

Care2

Care2 is an active, engaged community for healthy & whole living. With over 11 million unique visitors per month, they are a wonderful resource for our experts!

AOL

As you may be aware, we are one of AOL's exclusive video partners, and this partnership has been remarkable for us on many fronts. Below is a list of the videos that have done well on their site, along with views to give you an indication as to the number of people who have watched each video.

eHarmony

Eharmony looks for dating (how to date, what to do on dates, seasonal dating tips, advice for singles to stay positive, motivated, etc.) content. Take a look below at a few articles they've promoted on their site.

Fox News Magazine

We're also excited to have been featured on Fox News Magazine!

Psych Central

Psych Central is a wonderful advice site for people looking to live a healthier life with a strong pull towards how to live a mentally, healthier life. We share content weekly with this site and pick from our more psychologically oriented content to share with their millions of readers. Take a look at a few pieces recently promoted there.

Madame Noir

Some of our excellent articles have been featured here as well!

Women's Health Magazine

We're excited to be partnered with Women's Health Magazine who shares great tips on fitness, beauty, lifestyle, and more with women!

Betty Confidential

Rent

Rent is a great site to learn tips all about apartment living.

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Dating/Being Single Support
Parenting
CredentialsOther
Time in Practice10 years +
I practice inAll areas, please inquire
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Dating Coach
Life Coach
Marriage Educator
Matchmaker
Relationship Coach
Sex Coach
Social Worker
Speaker/Presenter
Spiritual Healer
YourTango Expert Partner
I offer my servicesAt my office
Telephone
By Email
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Latest Expert Videos
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Main SpecialtyCouples/Marital Issues
Dating/Being Single Support
Parenting
CredentialsOther
Time in Practice10 years +
I practice inAll areas, please inquire
Additional ExpertiseCounselor/Therapist
Dating Coach
Life Coach
Marriage Educator
Matchmaker
Relationship Coach
Sex Coach
Social Worker
Speaker/Presenter
Spiritual Healer
YourTango Expert Partner
I offer my servicesAt my office
Telephone
By Email
Via Skype
Via a webcam
I am fluent inEnglish
Latest Expert Videos
My Store

Unlucky 13 (Women's Murder Club)

The Women's Murder Club is stalked by a killer with nothing to ...

USD $19.60

Buy online

Hope to Die (Alex Cross)

Detective Alex Cross is being stalked by a psychotic genius, ...

USD $14.50

Buy online

Sealing the Deal: The Love Mentor's Guide to Lasting Love

Through her bestseller, Love in 90 Days, Dr. Diana Kirschner ...

Buy online

Love For No Reason: 7 Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love

In Love for No Reason, transformational expert Marci Shimoff ...

Buy online