My New Favorite Plugin to Increase Pageviews!

New Plugin To Increase Pageviews

Today I am going to show you my new favorite plugin! The plugin is called AddThis Smart Layers and its main job is to help increase your blog pageview and engagement! We like pageviews right? (wink!) The plugin is called AddThis Smart Layers. This plugin has several different options including share buttons, follow buttons, and my favorite the "What's Next" feature. AddThis describes this feature  as, "When a desktop visitor scrolls down your page, a box will slide in at the bottom to promote the next best step (post). To see a live example of the plugin in action you can visit this post … [Read more...]

Updated! – How to Embed a Pinterest Board on Your Blog

How to embed a Pinterest board on your blog!

Hi there! Earlier in January I wrote a post How to Embed a Pinterest Board on Your Blog. At the time the post was specifically for Wordpress Users (and Genesis Theme users). But today I am happy to share that the Pinterest Widget Builder page has changed and now ALL Blogger and Wordpress Users can easily (we are talking copy and paste!) embed a Pinterest Board in a blog post or sidebar! All you need to do is head over to the Pinterest Widget Builder Page. 1. Select the kind of widget you would like to build. 2. Paste in the URL for your Pinterest. 3. Chose your size. 4. Click … [Read more...]

How to Have Links Open in A New Window


Hi there girls! Okay today's tutorial seems a little silly because it is so straightforward but because it is so simple I think it gets overlooked by bloggers. Today we are talking about having text links on your blog open in a new window/tab. When someone is reading your blog and they click on a link they are being taken away from what they are currently reading. We need to be intentional about how they are leaving that page.  Ask yourself if readers will be clicking away from your post to read another post on your blog (internal link) or are they clicking off your post to leave the … [Read more...]

How to Embed a Pinterest Board on Your WordPress Blog

How to Embed a Pinterest Board on WordPress

Hi there friends! Ready for a fun and easy tutorial today! Today I am going to show you how to Embed a Pinterest Board on your WordPress blog. Fun right!? You can embed a board to a post or into the sidebar. If you want to see a live example you can see one on my blog. I have several pin boards embedded on my sidebar. *This tutorial is specifically for all Genesis themes. You can definitely embed a Pinterest board on your blog with other WordPress themes but this is this written to show you specifically with Genesis. Okay, lets go! 1.) Open two Internet tabs. One with your blog … [Read more...]

How to Offer A Free Printable On Your Blog

how to offer a free printable on your blog

Hi WordPress users! Today I am going to show you how to offer a free printable on WordPress with your blog readers. As a blogger a great way to gain traffic and give back to your readers is with a free printable! It could be a free printable party decor, holiday tag, invitations, wall art, game, kids coloring page, etc.... Really the options are endless! And I think we can all agree that the  amount of beautiful free printables out there is pretty amazing. Here are the step-by-step directions on how to share a free printable with your blog readers. For this example I am going to … [Read more...]

The Best Social Media Icon Plugin for WordPress

Best WordPress Social Media Plugin

I think it is a pretty safe bet to say that almost all bloggers use social media networks to engage with their readers, which is why it is good to have a set of social media icons on your blog. Typically, social media icons are near the very top of a site either in the header or at the top of the sidebar. Today I am going to show you how to install and set up the best social media icon plugin for WordPress. You are going to love this plugin because it is easy to use and simple to customize to coordinate with your site. Let's dive in! I am going to use my blog as the example. See those … [Read more...]

Add Pinterest Hover Button in Blogger

Add Pinterest Hover Button in Blogger

Hey there! Are you ready for a quick and easy tutorial that is going to make your site more pinable? Today I am going to show you how to add a Pinterest hover button in Blogger. Here is an live example >>> Okay here is what you need to do to add the Pinterst Hover Button in Blogger ... #1. Login to your Blogger Dashboard. #2. Click on "Template" #3. Click "Edit HTML" #4. Click Command F (mac) or Control F (pc) to bring up the "search" box. #5. You are searching for </body> #6. Once you find </body> you will need to add this code directly ABOVE … [Read more...]

How to Upload to Photobucket – Video Tutorial

upload to photobucket

Hi! Today I have something fun for you guys! A video tutorial! This was my first time making  video tutorial, so don't laugh when I mess up! But I hope this will be a fun new way to learn and hopefully be helpful for you visual learners. As always leave questions and comments in the comment box! How to Upload a Image to Photobucket and Place in Blog Sidebar Here is the code I reference in the video :: Here are a few other blogging tutorials where you will use a direct URL from Photobucket. Create an Image Slider in Blogger Make a Blog Button with Grab Code Add Social … [Read more...]

How to Add Horizontal Featured Posts in Blogger

How to add featured post thumbnails to your blog

Time for a Blogger tutorial! Who is ready?! Today I am going to walk you through adding horizontal thumbnails of your most recent blog posts. Here is an example :: See the 5 square images? Those link to the 5 most recent posts! And they update automatically! COOL huh?! To add this to your own blog you need to -- 1. Go to your Blogger Dashboard. 2. Go to Layout 3. Add a new HTML/Java Script Gadget to the area right above the posts. 4. Paste in this code. To copy put cursor at the beginning of the code and drag all the way to the end.  <center><div … [Read more...]

Parts of a Blog and Tutorial Roundup

DIY blog tutorials for Blogger and WordPress via

Hi, friends! Today I am going to go over a few basics with you including the different parts of a blog. I have also rounded up all the blog "how to" posts for you! Parts of A Blog There are 4 general areas to a blog. The Header, Content Area, Sidebar, and Footer. You can see them below >>> Inside of those 4 main parts there are some other elements that make up a blog design... The background, the favicon, signature, post divider, post titles, post info, blog button, individual sidebar elements, and menu bar. Here are some examples >>> Tutorial Round-Up Now … [Read more...]