Blogging Tips

Blogging and social media tips from a non-expert!

I don't pretend to know a lot, but I do love to learn. Here are posts about what I learnt about blogging and social media, and some tips for you.

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Designing your blog header

Not all bloggers can afford a professional redesign, but a well-designed and eye catching header can really help it look good. It may take a little time and effort, and if you can give both, it's totally worth designing your own blog header.
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Improving your Facebook Page reach

One of the biggest challengers for bloggers today is keeping up with the ever-changing Facebook algorithm. These tips will benefit bloggers with new and smaller Facebook Pages.
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Ten ways to stay motivated as a blogger

Blogging isn't for the weak of heart. After working day and night, sometimes a thoughtless comment or a drop in page views can make you feel demotivated and run down. Unless you set clear and achievable goals for yourself, and push yourself to do better, you put your blog at the risk of withering away.
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Top Sites For Copyright-Free Photos

I put together this guide for understanding what 'free' actually means, and where you can find truly copyright-free images. I also included photo sites I use frequently for images on my blog.
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How To: Check for broken links and fix them

The experts will tell you that broken links adversely affect your SEO or Google Page Rank. While this true in the long term, you have nothing to worry about if you regularly check your site for broken links and fix them. This is important not just for SEO, but also for user experience.
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Social Media Tips for Blogging Moms

While social media exposure does pay off for bloggers, there is a lot of time and effort you have to put in it. But if you have young children, it can seem impossible to get everything done. You can use social media to your advantage, even if you are busy with kids, if you plan it right.

Why bloggers don't work for free

I don't know where the idea originates that bloggers are not 'professionals' and therefore, should publish marketing content for free. That doesn't make sense to me as a blogger, because blogging is as much 'work' as any corporate job.
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How To: Customize your Twitter sharing button

A tutorial on adding your Twitter handle to links shared to Twitter from your blog. Includes instructions for AddThis, ShareThis, Wordpress, and Blogger.
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15 questions your About page should answer

Anyone who visits your site naturally wants to know more about you, and your About page can have a significant impact on building a regular readership base.
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14 (more) things that drive your readers away

This is a follow-up to Eleven reasons why I won't return to your blog. A list of blogging tips put together from the blogging peeves of fellow bloggers and readers...
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Tips for the Perfect Blog Graphic

Your writing should speak for you, but that doesn't mean you cannot have great images to go with your blog posts. Here are some tips that can help you create graphics that are eye-catching, and shareworthy... 
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Dos & Don'ts for Pinterest newbies

For the longest time, I din't get Pinterest. Okay, so there is a lot of interesting stuff, but how does it help my blog? What should I do about my profile? These were the kind of questions that made me re-look at my Pinterest strategy... 
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Five Tips for Efficient Blogging

If you find yourself knee deep in a list of to-do lists, you are definitely not alone. Blogging can be very demanding in terms of time, which is why it is important to have some sort of system in place. These are a few tips to organise yourself so you can make the most of the time you spend online... 
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How To: Create a free custom email address

For bloggers who own their domain, it is a nice touch to have an email address which ends in your domain name. You can always continue using the email address you are comfortable with, but I think having one such as [email protected] makes you look professional... 
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Five avoidable blogging mistakes

Even if you have been blogging for a reasonable amount of time, you can still end up making mistakes that are just staring your readers in the face. You may not give a second thought to your social media icons or your images, but by making a few tweaks, you can vastly improve your blog's user friendliness.... 
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15 lessons from a year of blogging

One year of blogging has been eventful and a learning experience for me. The first time around, I had no idea about stats, social media and sponsorships. The three S's of modern blogging take a lot of time to master... 
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SEO checklist before you publish a blog post

SEO isn't as difficult as it sounds, and as a blogger, if you take a few extra steps before you publish every post, it can make a big difference to your overall traffic and search visibility... 
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The Anatomy of a Great Post Comment (Guest Post)

Anyone who is serious about blogging knows the work behind his or her website can require long hours. For those of you that can relate, finding the time to comment at all is hard enough. Now imagine having to take into consideration the content of your comment! 
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Seven steps to a superb guest post

In my mind, the question is not whether to write a guest post or not, but how, where and when! Once you've been blogging long enough to have networked with a good number of bloggers, and sorted out any glitches on your site, you're ready to start guest posting...

What's your family's digital footprint?

You've probably had this conversation before or at least thought about it - how much information is too much? A survey by AVG Technologies shockingly revealed that 81 per cent of children under two in North America, Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Japan have a digital profile. Many of them often start their digital legacy as a sonogram!
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What does your blog look like on mobile?

I don't need to throw any statistics here to show you the importance of mobile phone users accessing the internet. You see it all around you - people are busy reading on their portable devices while out and about. It doesn't matter whether that device is a mobile phone, smartphone or tablet, they could be reading your blog...
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Eleven reasons why I won't return to your blog

This post is based on my own observations of the blogging world. I'm not a social media expert, but I do have some tips to share with you that could make a difference to whether a new visitor decides to return to your blog...
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Ten reasons why I'll unfollow you on Twitter

Here I am, sharing the lessons I've learnt from being in the Twitterverse. And this doesn't include the usual spam, automated messages, profanity, shady profile pics and other mistakes that you are probably aware of...
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