Guest Author - Jennifer L. Thompson
The Contests and Sweepstakes site will be found under the "Money" channel on the sidebar of any of the pages at BellaOnline. From The "Money" page you can click on "Contests and Sweepstakes" to take you to the main page of this site.
Once in the site, you will find the editor's picture and name (linked to the current editor's bio page), under which you'll see current articles listed in the center of the page, with subchannels to the left where articles and sweepstakes will be categorized under various links such as "C&S Tools" (where things such as the C&S Toolbar, another easy tool for navigation of this site, can be found), "Cash", "home", "Instant Win" and more. On the right side of the page you will see a box with three more recent articles listed, that you can jump to if you wish, and a link to the "archives", where you can find previously featured articles, along with a link to the site map.
Beneath this box you will then find two buttons, one for jumping to the forum, and one to contact yours truly through the site email, should you have contests you'd like to submit (which can also be done through the forum), article suggestions, or questions and comments about the site.
Under these two buttons is a newsletter signup box, which will subscribe you to the weekly C&S eNews once you send your email address through.
Once you've signed up for the eNews and are back at the main page, you can next look for the box that lies directly under the newsletter signup area. This little box holds an abundance of services. If you are a member of BellaOnline, you can log in to your member page here, which can then be personalized with your favorite BellaOnline sites. This area also gives access to other services unavailable to non-members (and by the way, membership is free, so if you aren't yet a member, you might like to join!).
Listed under the member login is the "Newsletters" link, housing past newsletters from each BellaOnline site. The next link is to the ebooks area, where you will find the knowledge and expertise of various BellaOnline editors available in an ebook format. Once through these, and back at the main page, you can then look into the "course" link, that will lead you to the free online courses offered through BellaOnline.
Once you have browsed through the ecourses, you can move on to the "book clubs" link to find the book club offerings that participating editors have chosen for the upcoming months, and find a good read, if you are so inclined. Then for more good reading, jump to the site of BellaOnline's new literary ezine, "BeMused" due to premier for the Winter Solstice.
Back at the Contests and Sweepstakes main page once again, centered at mid-page, near the bottom, are editor recommended items that you may enjoy looking into, as well. These items may change from time to time.
Finally, on the far left side of the page, you will see links to other areas of Bellaonline such as chat schedules hosted by various editors, which are on the very bottom at the far left, links to new editor's sites above this (where you can go to welcome our new editors), next up are a bundleful of games and other fun stuff to explore , and links to the rest of the channels at BellaOnline above these.
When reading any of the articles, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page to find links for printer friendly copies of articles, bookmarking the article you are currently viewing, emailing articles to friends, and the standard links to the forum and "email the editor" features.
Overall, the BellaOnline Contests and Sweepstakes site is a great place to explore, so be free to check out some of these features and see what treasures you will find.