Tag: Blogging tips

How I Exponentially Increased my Pageviews using Pinterest

How I Exponentially Increased my Pageviews using Pinterest

To be taken seriously as a blogger, you need page views.  Lots of page views. But visitors don’t magically show up; they need to be lured over to our wonderful creations on the web. While there are many avenues our ideal readers can take before finding themselves hanging out on our blogs, I found that Pinterest has consistently been my top performer. At least 80% of my visitors arrive via a Pin either I or someone else has shared. Using Google Analytics, you can find out if Pinterest is a huge traffic source for your blog, too. Go to Google Analytics […]

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Spring Clean Your Blog

Spring Clean Your Blog

Spring is here, and many of us are talking about Spring Cleaning this or that, and typically these topics are about some room in your house. Well, why not carry that over to your blog as well? Our blogs can get cluttered over time as well, so I wanted to share a few tips on tidying things up and making our blogs look better. Let’s start at the top and work our way down. Your Header The header is the first impression – it is the first blog item that visitors are greeted with, and so it deserves to be […]

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A Step-By-Step Guide To Increasing Your Blog’s Traffic [Infographic]

A Step-By-Step Guide To Increasing Your Blog’s Traffic [Infographic]

One of the things on my goals list is to grow this blog. Driving more traffic to a blog means more eyes on your posts and more interaction (hopefully). Since blogging is not a monologue, the more conversations we start and continue, the better we do in our blogging goals. So today I’m sharing this great infographic with real ways to improve the number of eyes on our blog posts. A Step-By-Step Guide To Increasing Your Blog’s Traffic via BloggingWizard.com

Posted January 27, 2016 by Julie in Website and Blogging, / 0 Comments
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Blogging and Taxes – Free Income and Expenses Workbook

Blogging and Taxes – Free Income and Expenses Workbook

If you earn an income from your blog, you’ll have to claim that on your taxes. (In the US, that means if you earn more than $400 from your blog, you should include it on your taxes.) The best way to keep track of everything relating to blogging taxes is in a spreadsheet. You know me, I’m an Engineer and I love spreadsheets. Formulas and summary tables and visibly displayed data, oh my! So because I’m so awesome, I decided to provide my lovely readers with a Blogging Income and Expenses workbook to use in keeping track of your own blog’s data. General […]

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Earning Income as a Part-Time Blogger

Earning Income as a Part-Time Blogger

I mentioned in my lessons learned during the past year of blogging post that I’ve been working on monetizing this blog and that I wanted to share my experience with my readers. So here I am sharing the different ways I monetize, and I will share my commentary on how successful (or not) I’ve been. I consider myself a hobby blogger, but people seem to hate that term nowadays so let’s go with “part-time” blogger instead. Since I have a full-time career job, this blog (and the book blog) are just my side projects. They started out as a hobby […]

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Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media [Infographic]

Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Media [Infographic]

There’s an art and a science to posting on social media that I’m just starting to realize. I tend to post when it is convenient for me, since not all scheduling tools are easy or convenient to use.  I use Buffer to schedule some posts for Twitter, but otherwise I tend to go with the flow of my own schedule. But I’m learning there are certain times when your post on social media is more likely to be seen and most likely to get some interaction. I’m sharing this lovely Infographic with some good tips today. What do you think of […]

Posted December 21, 2015 by Julie in Website and Blogging, / 5 Comments
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HTML Tip: How to Create a Custom Style for Text Boxes

HTML Tip: How to Create a Custom Style for Text Boxes

In this post, I will show you two options for controlling the size and colors of a text box on your post. Example 1: Specify Blockquote Style Example 2: Add a Class to a DIV   Example 1: Specify Blockquote Style I like to use the blockquote feature to highlight special text or a writing prompt, and I have styled my blockquote accordingly. The reason I choose to use the blockquote to emphasize specific text, is it already indents and differentiates the text, allowing me to only need to add customization in the colors used. In the screenshot below, the area […]

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How to create a Pinnable image using Fotor

How to create a Pinnable image using Fotor

Have you heard of Fotor’s graphic design tool. This tool requires flash player. I’ll try to keep this simple, ’cause we know a tutorial on how to make a pinnable image can get very detailed and involved very quickly. Click on “Get Started” on the main graphic design page, and you’ll be able to pick what type of image to create. We know that longer, larger images look best on Pinterest, so we want to pick the “Poster” option. Then you can pick an awesome template from the scrolling options on the left. I picked the one that says Antique […]

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How to Write the Perfect Blog Post [Infographic]

How to Write the Perfect Blog Post [Infographic]

I came across this lovely Infographic and decided to share it. It really does have some useful information. I really like how it breaks the tips down by category (i.e. post headline, post body, etc.). However, I do think I disagree with the post length point. I find if a post is too long, I fall into the “tl;dr” category and skim, or just go away. I want to read shorter, sweeter posts than long essays that make my eyes go crossed, especially when reading on my phone. Anyone else have this issue? Let me know what you think of […]

Posted July 8, 2015 by Julie in Website and Blogging, / 6 Comments
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How to use Google Drive as an Editorial Calendar

How to use Google Drive as an Editorial Calendar

WordPress has a great plugin that shows your draft and scheduled posts on a calendar, and you can drag and drop as needed to move things around. This editorial calendar is incredibly useful. However, what about your list of ideas? I keep reading that creating a draft post for each idea you have isn’t the best practice. Well, I probably have 10-15 idea drafts just floating around my WordPress – and they’re not even legit drafts, just subject lines and a blank post. I decided to instead try to organize and plan my ideas elsewhere, instead of creating a draft […]

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