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Win a NEW or Re-Designed Blog {WordPress or Blogger}

Cinnamon Girl Studio, a new advertiser to the MCP Blog, is a web design and graphic arts company based in Seattle, Washington. The design business is owned and solely operated by Timi Carl, a self taught web designer
& graphic artist. Her work ranges from designs for childrens clothing – drawings that are transferred to screenprint, blogs, print materials (business cards, stationary, postcards, banners), web design, pre-made blog & web templates.

If you cannot afford a custom blog, consider her blogger template for photographers.  Simple and professional – and affordable too – at only $12.

blogger template for photographers

For today’s contest – she is offering ONE LUCKY PHOTOGRAPHER a NEW or Re-designed Blog!

Michelle Masser Photography – A redesign of Photopro in WordPress

The Contest:
The prize will be a new blog or redesign of the winner’s blog in either Blogger or WordPress format.

What is a redesign?

A redesign is a freshening up of an existing blog. It can may simple or a complete change… depending on the winner’s preference. Some elements that can be changed are banners & slideshows, post footers, menu buttons, backgrounds, fonts & colors. The layout can also be changed in ways like sidebar and post widths, the entire blog width, spaces & padding between elements.

What if I don’t have a blog?

If you don’t have a blog but would like one it’s as easy as signing up with Blogger or WordPress, both are free but there are some small costs associated such as a domain name and hosting for your site if using WordPress.  A basic template will be installed & then customized for the winner if they are new to blogging.

The contest does NOT include a domain, hosting, ecommerce (shopping cart) design, complex hand drawn art, logos.


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To Enter ~ Comment on the MCP Blog (not on Facebook) – and answer one of the following:

  • If you have a blog, does it helps your business? And what aspects of your blog make it successful? If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?
  • If you do not have a blog, why do you feel you need one?  And what do you plan to do on your blog to make it work for your business?

Want more entries? Get bonus contest entries now:

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Here are a few samples of Timi’s recent work:

tout-est-des-roses – A new WordPress blog

Mia Joie – A Blogger redesign

Tim Geaney Photography (the light whisperer) – A new Blogger design

Simone Howell’s Brooch the Subject – A new Blogger design

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359 Comments

  1. March 10, 2010 at 9:42 am —

    i follow MCP on twitter!

  2. March 10, 2010 at 9:42 am —

    i’m also an MCP fan on FB!

  3. March 10, 2010 at 9:41 am —

    i just clicked through and i love, love, love her work! i’m in the middle of pulling images right now for a new website, would love to spruce up the blog too!

    i think a blog is super important! it is more than just showing your images, it allows the potential clients to get a feel for you personally through your writing, the things you say. when i look at my stats i see that my blog actually gets 3x more traffic than my site which makes me wonder if maybe a blogsite isn’t the best way to go. i think the best part of it is clients getting a sneak peek after their session – they’re so excited and they email the link to their friends and family so it just gets my business even more exposure.

  4. March 10, 2010 at 9:39 am —

    •If you have a blog, does it helps your business? And what aspects of your blog make it successful? If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?

    I have a blog but it is very very basic I am unsure if it is helping or hurting my business at the moment to be honest – I think blogging helps my clients and followers keep up to date on my most recent activity, it also give a personal insite into who I am – they can hopefully see the love i have for capturing smiles and giggles and special moments in life. I love following other photographers blog to help with inspiration, word do not describe my love for MCP (Blog, Facebook and twitter!)

  5. March 10, 2010 at 9:32 am —

    Blogging is great for SEO as you can make it keyword-rich and it keeps adding new content to your site, which the search engines like. You can import your blog into social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, so your friends and fans can keep up to date with your business.
    The issue is making time to keep it updated!

  6. March 10, 2010 at 9:31 am —

    I have a personal blog, but my professional blog is still in the works, even though I’ve already bought my domain name! I’d like to find a way to get the attention of potential clients, and I feel that having an online presence is the quickest and most accessible way to achieve that. I’ve been really digging those combination blog-websites out there lately!

  7. March 10, 2010 at 9:29 am —

    I’m also a Facebook fan, and I love your actions! 🙂

  8. Lori L.
    March 10, 2010 at 9:28 am —

    I have a blog with Blogger but it needs some major re-desining and I mean MAJOR! Its awful. Their templates do not show my personality I am young, vibrant, full of life so is my work and I have just a plain, blah, background. I’d love to win this contest so I can not only give my blog a face lift so I can get up every day and want to actually write on it. I try to daily but darn that blog needs help!

  9. March 10, 2010 at 9:28 am —

    I also follow on Twitter!

  10. March 10, 2010 at 9:27 am —

    Hi! I would SO love help with my blog, because I have one but cannot for the life of me figure out how to customize it! I’m so anxious to share news with my clients and potential clients this way, and I feel that it would help my business immensely! I need help! Thank you for the opportunity to help get my blog up and running!

  11. LoriB.
    March 10, 2010 at 9:25 am —

    I would love a blog but I’m still learning and after trying to customize my own I became frustrated. People see me practicing with my camera and pics in my home and ask if I have a site and my constant answer is I’m working on it. It would really help establish me as not just a mom with hobby but a mom building something of my own.

  12. Jeanine
    March 10, 2010 at 9:23 am —

    already a fan!

  13. Jeanine
    March 10, 2010 at 9:23 am —

    I have a link on my blog. http://partoflifephoto.wordpress.com/

  14. Jeanine
    March 10, 2010 at 9:22 am —

    I have a blog but it’s cookie cutter and neglected. I think a unique blog would help to convey my offerings and boost my business. Thanks for the chance!

  15. March 10, 2010 at 9:21 am —

    …and I subscribe to your RSS feeds. 🙂

  16. March 10, 2010 at 9:21 am —

    I’m also an MCP Facebook fan!

  17. March 10, 2010 at 9:19 am —

    I have a WordPress blog which helps my future clients view my work. I think blogging keeps people in the know about what you do. I would love a redesign!

  18. March 10, 2010 at 9:10 am —

    If you have a blog, does it helps your business? And what aspects of your blog make it successful? If it is not helping your business, what improvements need to happen so it does?

    I do have a blog, and would love to have a re-design of it. I have trouble understanding HTML and I feel like mine still feels like a standard blogger template. I would love for it to have more of a professional look.

  19. March 10, 2010 at 9:09 am —

    I DO have a blog and it DOES drive traffic to my website. no doubt about it. There is also no doubt that my blog needs a LOT of work and could definitely use a facelift. I have attempted to got from blogspot to WordPress and WordPress is killing me with complications…help!!!

  20. March 10, 2010 at 9:05 am —

    I have a blog (http://soskinnyontheinside.blogspot.com) but I need to bring in more traffic. I’ve been working on my content, but feel I could benefit from some SEO optimization, which I don’t know how to do.

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