Category: Website and Blogging

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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Why Branding is Vital to Earning Income with your Blog

Why Branding is Vital to Earning Income with your Blog

The naming of blogs is a difficult matter. Blogs are like cats, you see. Sometimes in their lifespan, they may have three different names. Alright, enough of this theater geek moment and let’s get serious. And if you know the reference, we can be besties. Why I Rebranded my Blog in the first place I rebranded my blog at the beginning of the year from a cutesy and maybe whimsical name I selected back in 2004. Over time the name ended up being associated with, well, not family-friendly things when Googled, and so it had to go. I needed to get serious […]

Posted July 22, 2016 by Julie in Website and Blogging, / 21 Comments
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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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How I Re-branded My Blog, Part 2

How I Re-branded My Blog, Part 2

So, hurray! I have finished with this difficult task of re-branding. Well, at least enough to “launch” and move forward. I finished my new branded design and as you can see, it is quite a bit different. I am using the lovely Tweak Me theme and I was able to customize the way everything looks. I love the options and being able to pick fonts, colors, sizes, everything for each and every piece – header, footer, sidebar, widgets, font headings, blockquotes, etc etc. What do you think of my new look? I hope you like it ’cause it was a lot […]

Posted February 23, 2016 by Julie in TopPosts, Website and Blogging, / 14 Comments
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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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How I Re-branded My Blog, Part 1

How I Re-branded My Blog, Part 1

I’ve mentioned before that I was struggling with a bit of a blogging identity crisis and thought I might need a rebrand. I have blogged casually since my college days, and my domain name reflected that. When I became a Mom, my blog gained a purpose and I started to use it more specifically as a platform to learn about motherhood and connect with other bloggers, and less as just a place to house my random thoughts. My blog became more organized, more professional, and became something I was proud to work on. But what held me back was the […]

Posted January 23, 2016 by Julie in TopPosts, Website and Blogging, / 23 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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Review of Halden Zimmermann’s Guide to High Impact Blogs #HaldenZimmermann

Review of Halden Zimmermann’s Guide to High Impact Blogs #HaldenZimmermann

I received a copy of the book and compensation for my honest review. The opinions are my own. I found it rather clever that Halden Zimmermann’s Guide to High Impact Blogs compares building a high-impact blog to building a house. I like how the book breaks down the steps like building the foundation, then the frame, then the rest. Thinking about blogging like this well before actually starting the blog makes a lot of sense. It is all in the planning and initial research, is it not? Finding a topic you can do justice is just as important as finding […]

Posted December 17, 2015 by Julie in Reviews, Website and Blogging, / 2 Comments
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