Blogger Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

We've compiled the answers to your most frequently asked questions about our blogger programs here. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact Top25[at]circleofmoms[dot]com, and include your name, the name of your blog, and the Top 25 list you're on. We'll get back to you within 48 hours (and usually sooner).

Top 25 Program

What is the Top 25 program?
Our Top 25 program honors bloggers who write about topics of interest to moms. Our mission is to connect our six million moms to the resources they need most, and those resources include exceptional mom blogs!

What do Top 25 winners receive?
We give our six million moms direct access to Top 25 program participants. The Top 25 winners of each list are featured on Circle of Moms and POPSUGAR Moms. The Top 25 winners also receive a badge for their blog that links to the Top 25 contest page. Top 25 participants may also be invited to participate in Circle of Moms’ blogger programs such as expert Q&As, social media campaigns, and sponsored opportunities with brands. 

Who are the Most Influential Blogs?
When voting ends, our editors select the 3 Most Influential Blogs from the list of blogs who participated in the contest. Our editors take several factors such as reach, brand awareness, and social media audience in consideration to determine the influence of a blog.

Who are the Blogs to Watch?
When voting ends, our editors pick 3 Blogs to Watch from the list of blogs who participated in the contest. The Blogs to Watch are bloggers with a unique voice and original content that caught our editors' eyes. For a chance to be selected, just enter your blog in the Top 25 contest.

How do I nominate a blog or add my own blog to a Top 25 list?
Below the contest description on the Top 25 voting page, click the "Nominate a Blog" link, fill in the appropriate information and click "Save". A blog can only be added to a Top 25 list when voting for this list is open.

I already participated in one of Circle of Moms’ Top 25 lists – can I enter in another one?
Yes! You can submit your blog to as many of our Top 25 lists that fit with the content of your blog.

I have two blogs that fit on the same list. Can I list both?
No, please just list one of your blogs per Top 25 list. This allows everyone a fair chance of making it to the Top 25.

I'm not a mom, can I still enter?
We are trying to promote and recognize the work of moms who blog with the Top 25 program, rather than blogs that are intended for mom readership. Therefore, Top 25 contests are only open to moms.

Do mom and dad teams count on your lists?
Yes, they do. As long as both parents are sharing the responsibility of posting and updating the blog, then we will accept them. If you have concerns about a mom-dad teamed blog, you can contact us at Top25[at]circleofmoms[dot]com.

How often do I need to post on my blog to participate in a Top 25 contest?
We want to share relevant blogger content with Circle of Moms readers, and to do so we ask that all bloggers participating in Top 25 contests post at least once a month. While we understand that a blogger may sometimes take a small break, we reserve the right to remove blogs that are not current.

How do I access my blogger profile?
When logged into Circle of Moms, you can access your blogger profile by clicking the arrow next to your profile picture (located in the top right corner of the page) and selecting My Blogger Profile.

How do I edit my blogger profile?
You can make changes to your blogger profile by clicking the Edit Blogger Info link underneath Profile Tools.

My blog is listed twice on one list. What do I do?
Please contact Top25[at]circleofmoms[dot]com with the name of the Top 25 list you're on and the name of your blog, and mention that you'd like your second listing removed.

Where can I find all the Top 25 lists you have?
You can find all of our lists on Blogger Central.

I made it into the Top 25. Is there a badge? 
Yes. Bloggers who make it into the Top 25 will be emailed a badge when the Top 25 contest closes. In addition, your Top 25 Badge is available on your Circle of Moms blogger profile. 

Do the Top 25 lists and Circle of Moms support "Blog With Integrity"?
Yes, we do. Most especially, we support the second item of "Blog With Integrity": I treat others respectfully, attacking ideas and not people. I also welcome respectful disagreement with my own ideas.

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Voting

How do I vote for my favorite blog?
Vote by clicking the orange "thumbs up" button next to the name of a blog.

Do you need to be a member of Circle of Moms to vote?
No, you do not need to be a member of Circle of Moms to vote.

How often can I vote?
You can vote once per blog every 24 hours. So for example, if you voted today at 10am, you wouldn't be able to vote again until tomorrow at 10am.

In order to protect against ballot stuffing, we limit the frequency of votes from a single network. So if you're connected to a network that shares an IP address (like in an office), you may be prevented from voting if another person in your network has already voted. No voting system is perfect, unfortunately, but this is one of many precautions we've taken to prevent cheating and protect the integrity of the competition.

Also, all votes acquired through bots (or any other unfair voting mechanism) will be removed before the list is finalized.

How do I encourage my fans to vote?
Once you have added or updated your blog listing on Circle of Moms, you will be offered a voting badge you can place on your site. Another great way to get your fans to vote is to mention the Top 25 program on Twitter and Facebook.

Is it OK to use a giveaway as an incentive to get votes?
We want to ensure that voting is done fairly and that all participants have an equal chance of winning. For this reason we do not allow participants to use giveaways as an incentive to get votes. All votes acquired via a giveaway incentive will be removed. If the participant refuses to cooperate he/she might be disqualified from the competition.

How long is the contest? When does voting end?
The contest lasts for 3 weeks. Voting ends at 4pm PST on the date noted as the deadline at the top of each list.

I think someone is cheating -- how can I check?
We have taken many precautions to ensure that voting is done fairly. If you still have concerns about a blog or blogger, you can contact Top25[at]circleofmoms[dot]com. Please make sure to include as much information about the situation as possible and we will do our best to resolve it.

What happens to blogs that enter themselves who don't fit in the category?
Each list is reviewed to ensure that the blogs added to the list belong in that specific category. If you're uncertain about a specific blog, please contact Top25[at]circleofmoms[dot]com. All solicitations and spam will be removed. 

Blogger Q&A Program

What is the Q&A program all about? And why are you asking the bloggers?
Circle of Moms is eager to introduce its 6 million members to the best bloggers. We’ve identified questions and topics that are of interest to our members and are inviting bloggers who participated in our Top 25 program to highlight their blog and expertise on Circle of Moms via Q&As.

How do I post my answer?
The email you received inviting you to answer a Q&A contains a link that will take you directly to our Q&A page on Circle of Moms where you can post your answer. When you answer a question, your answer will include a link to your blog. You can also include a link to a relevant post on your blog.

What happens with my answer?
Your answer will be shared with our 6 million moms on Circle of Moms. In addition, every week, the POPSUGAR Moms editors select some of the answers to be spotlighted in articles on POPSUGAR Moms, as well as through our email and social channels.

What's the Blogger Widget?
Once you've answered a Q&A, you will receive a Widget you can add to your blog or website to share your most recent Q&A contribution featured on Circle of Moms. The Widget becomes available on your profile after you've responded to your first Q&A. Log in to the your Circle of Moms Blogger profile and click on "Get your Widget." Just copy the HTML code and paste it wherever you want your widget to appear.

How are the answers ranked? Is it a contest?
No, the Q&A is not a contest. There is a no end date to answer. The "Vote" feature located next to each answer helps users rate their favorite answers and allows us to display the most popular answers based on that ranking.

If you have any questions that are not answered here, please contact Top25[at]circleofmoms[dot]com, and include your name, the name of your blog, and the Top 25 list you're on. We'll get back to you within 48 hours (and usually sooner).