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    Prairie Pointer

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    Thumbs up Introducing the Online Quilter's Market

    Those of you who have been to Quilt Market know that it’s an action-packed, fun-filled weekend where the quilting industry shows off its best products, skills, ideas, and designers. So many quilters in one place, all focusing on their favorite hobby makes for an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately, to attend this exciting event you have to be either a quilting wholesaler or retailer and get special approval to gain access.

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    The Online Quilter’s Market is very similar, only it’s online and EVERYONE is invited. It’s a place where quilters from all around the world can come together to show off their best tutorials, ideas, projects, and patterns. The Online Quilter’s Market offers anyone the opportunity to be heard by thousands of other quilters.

    I’d be willing to bet that most of you have visited at least one quilting blog (you might even have your own), and, let me tell you, there are some topnotch quilting blogs out there. Well, imagine a quilting blog where ANYONE can contribute a post at ANYTIME. After all, millions of heads are better than one! Once you contribute your post, everyone can read it. If they like it, they’ll give your post a ‘thumbs up’ (they’ll press the “vote” button with the thumbs up icon on it). The more votes you get, the more popular your submission becomes, and the more people will read it. If you have your own blog, feel free to link back to it so that those who like your content on the Online Quilter’s Market can see what else you’ve written.

    Here are the benefits of participating in the Online Quilter’s Market. *Note* Some of the benefits mentioned are only applicable to contributors who also have their own quilting blog:

    • You will help build quilting as a hobby. Imagine the synergy that comes from thousands of quilters around the world all sharing skills and ideas in one place. You will be part of it!


    • Instant traffic from the Online Quilter’s Market to your own blog. In the Online Quilter’s Market there are two ways to view quilter’s submissions: 1) “Recent” – meaning you can view submissions in the order they were submitted (the newest on top), or 2) “Popular” – meaning you can view submissions in order of popularity (the most popular being the ones that have received the most votes). Since your contribution will be the newest submitted, it will automatically be featured at the top of the “recent” section and give readers a chance to visit the link back to your site.


    • Residual long-term traffic to your blog. You may have had your posts featured on other blogs and seen the instant bump in traffic mentioned above, but it doesn’t take long for that traffic stream to die off as the post gets pushed deeper and deeper into the archives until barely anyone sees it. Since Online Quilter’s Market users can also view submissions by popularity, if your contribution gets a lot votes, it will stay on top in the popularity section and produce a steady stream of residual traffic to you blog indefinitely.


    • You can earn gift cards from the Missouri Star Quilt Company. As an incentive for good quality content, MSQC is offering gift cards for those submissions that reach a specified level of votes. Since the Online Quiter’s Market has just begun, the number of votes required is currently only 20. Attracting 20 votes will earn you a $5 gift card to the Missouri Star Quilt Co.’s online shop. As the Online Quilter’s Market grows, so will the minimum threshold of votes required to earn a gift card, but every time this threshold goes up, so will the value of the gift card you can win (woo hoo!)


    • In addition to winning the gift card, all winning submissions will also be featured on the Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Cutting Table Blog. As part of being featured, you will receive a cute button that says “I was featured on the Cutting Table Blog” that you can put on your blog if you’d like. Being featured on the Cutting Table Blog is another great way to boost traffic to your own blog, as it is part of a site that receives thousands of visitors per day. *NOTE* - In order to be featured on the MSQC Cutting Table Blog and receive your gift card, the submission must original. Reposting articles or ideas from other sites is allowed (as long as you recognize the source in your post and link back to it), but it cannot earn you a gift card or featured spot on the Cutting Table Blog.

    If the Online Quilter’s Market sounds like something you’d like to get involved in click here, or hit the contribute button at on the right hand side of the Cutting Table Blog to submit your first post. If you have a blog and you’d like your blogposts to be automatically submitted to the Online Quilter’s Market, click the FAQ link to find out how.

    You can login to the Quilter's Online Market using your username and password from ANY of the following sites:


    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Google
    • Yahoo
    • Linked In
    • OpenID

    Or, you can simply register for a new account at The Online Quilter’s Market.
    See you all at market and happy quilting!

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Re: Introducing the Online Quilter's Market

    If you guys have ANY questions about what this is or how to use it, please don't hesitate to ask them here.

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    9 Patch Princess

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    Default Re: Introducing the Online Quilter's Market

    If I don't have a blog but would want to be able to lurk and learn, is it possible? What website do we got to?

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Re: Introducing the Online Quilter's Market

    Hi dmt148! You don't actually need to have a blog to contribute. Anybody can make a submission. If you'd like to showcase a project you've made, put up a pattern you've created, share quilting tips or ideas, or even just show off something cool you found online about quilting, just visit the following site and click "add post" at the top.

    http://quilting.kapost.com/

    To post you have to sign in, which you can do using your Facebook or Twitter login (or others), or you can just register for the Online Quilter's Market and create a new username and password.

    If you don't want to submit anything you can still read what other people are saying. If you enjoy a particular post, you can click the "vote" button to the left of the post (you must be logged in to do this).

    The reason we made such a big deal about having a blog is because this will be a great way for quilters to get exposure for their blogs. However we'd love anyone to contribute, blog or not.

    Hope this answers your question.

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    The Guild President

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    Ooohhh a new blog toy. You probably don't know me like some of the gals, but I love to blog, and I follow well over 300!! (Yes, I spend alot of time reading through them). Thanks so much for sharing this!

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Re: Introducing the Online Quilter's Market

    Hey Hillbilly, I'm glad you're as excited as we are. It's just starting, but once it gets going it'll be a really neat way to follow a lot of quilters at once. Be sure to contribute to it so we can start sending some traffic back to your blog.

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    The Guild President

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    Default Re: Introducing the Online Quilter's Market

    Quote Originally Posted by Suds View Post
    Hey Hillbilly, I'm glad you're as excited as we are. It's just starting, but once it gets going it'll be a really neat way to follow a lot of quilters at once. Be sure to contribute to it so we can start sending some traffic back to your blog.
    I am writing a tutorial today (part two of my first) and will then set it up to feed there.

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Quote Originally Posted by hillbilly View Post
    I am writing a tutorial today (part two of my first) and will then set it up to feed there.
    Awesome, can't wait to see it!

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    The Guild President

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    Default Re: Introducing the Online Quilter's Market

    Well, I did the rss feed. I don't always blog about quilts though...and it really posted from a long time back. I don't know what to do about that. I wonder if I can remove the non quilt posts

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    Prairie Pointer

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    Default Re: Introducing the Online Quilter's Market

    Hillbilly,

    If you're logged into Online Quilter's Market, you should be able to click on any of your posts and then when you go in to it on the right hand side click "delete post". That should work. Let me know if you have problems.

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