03 November 2005

10 ways you can support Parent Hacks

Has Parent Hacks given you some helpful ideas? Has it felt good to be recognized as the parenting expert you are? Have you gotten a chuckle here every once in a while?

If so, consider the karmic value of sending a little love our way. We're literally a mom-and-pop operation with an editorial staff of one -- so when we say we? We actually mean me.

It goes without saying that these are suggestions of the "never hurts to ask" variety. Whether or not you decide to throw your mental or monetary change in the jar, you're always welcome to read, linger, comment and feel at home at Parent Hacks. Thanks for coming by. -- Asha

Here are ten ways you can help Parent Hacks thrive:

1. Send in your hacks
2. Make a donation
3. Start your Amazon.com shopping here
4. Share your expertise
5. Tell your friends about us
6. Link to us
7. Advertise on Parent Hacks
8. Write an article or blog post about Parent Hacks
9. Jump-start the word-of-mouth
10. Subscribe to our feed

1. Send in your hacks

You're the true value of this site: your experiences, stories, and ideas. Nothing is too simple or small, in fact it's often the minor tweak that makes everything else fall into place. Tell us your best tips -- here's how.

2. Make a donation

Perhaps the quickest and most direct way you can support Parent Hacks is to make a donation. Any amount you feel comfortable with would be gratefully accepted. I've set up a PayPal collection jar -- it only takes a minute to use.

3. Start your Amazon.com shopping here

Did you know that all your Amazon purchases, if made during a session in which you clicked through to Amazon from a Parent Hacks link, throw a small referral fee our way? No matter what you end up buying, if the link that got you to Amazon originated at Parent Hacks, we get a small percentage of the purchase price. It's like a no-cost donation! So, start all your Amazon shopping at Parent Hacks, whether you're buying for yourself or as a gift. If you need help getting started, visit the Parent Hacks Store!

4. Share your expertise

Are you an avid gamer, a connoisseur of kids' books, a music aficionado, a follower of tech, a gearhound, or an expert on any other hack-worthy topic? If so, write a product review for Parent Hacks. Pitch me with your ideas -- I'd love to hear them.

5. Tell your friends about us

Help spread the word about Parent Hacks! Tell your friends, neighbors, cousins, coworkers, mom's group, book club, drumming circle, bar buddies, workout partners, and random (but friendly) parents at the park.

In fact, if you send me a self-addressed stamped letter-sized envelope, I'll send you some nifty cards you can stash in your wallet and hand out at opportune moments!

Send your SASE to:

Parent Hacks
1631 NE Broadway Avenue #309
Portland, OR 97232-1425
USA
attn: Hey Asha! Send me some cards!

6. Link to us

The easiest and best way for people to find us is via a link from a blog or website they trust. We'd greatly appreciate a spot on your blogroll or in your list of favorite places. If you're a user of Digg, del.icio.us, or another social bookmarking app, link to us there, too, if it seems right. If you're a Technorati user, add us to your Technorati Favorites. If you're partial to graphics, check out our link badges, complete with all the HTML you'll need to get them to appear on your site.

7. Advertise on Parent Hacks

Do you have a product or service you think Parent Hackers would appreciate? Consider advertising on Parent Hacks. Our traffic is growing at quite a clip -- you're sure to get good exposure, and you can feel good about supporting an independent site. You can set up your own ad or get the assistance of the fine folks at Federated Media. Here's everything you need to know.

8. Write an article or blog post about Parent Hacks

Are you a writer, reporter, blogger, newsletter editor, or contributor to any publication? It doesn't matter if it's local or national, small or large, print or online; write an article or post about Parent Hacks -- this is a feel-good story if there ever was one. Here's some background info to get you started -- I'm happy to answer any other questions you might have. (Email me at hacks@parenthacks.com.)

9. Jump-start the word-of-mouth

If you're not a media or press type, but know someone who is -- and you think that person should find out about Parent Hacks -- please let him or her know, or suggest that I get in touch. I'm a relative newbie at PR and word-of-mouth. Your collective reach would be extremely helpful as I try to spread the word.

10. Subscribe to Parent Hacks

If you're a frequent reader, consider subscribing to our feed so you never miss a post. You can get our feed via email or RSS, your preference. Follow the directions in the "Get free updates" section of the left-hand sidebar to get started.

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