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...]

Hunting for Inspiration — 15 Blog Post Prompts

Blog Post Prompts

Even seasoned writers go through creative droughts and bouts of writer's block.  It's understandable that bloggers who are churning out content day after day will need to replenish their idea wells now and again. Creative bloggers have it doubly bad. If we are out of projects and we can’t think of anything to write about, it can be especially discouraging. That's why it is a good idea to have a back-up source of writing inspiration for those days when the ideas just are not coming.  I have come up with 15 blog post prompts to help you when you are hunting for inspiration.  These suggestions … [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...]

10 Easy Ways to Discover Your Brand’s Voice

Discovering Your Brand's Voice

Branding your blog is exciting and scary all at the same time.  You need to do some intense introspection to decide what it is that your blog is about -- what YOU are about.  Every aspect of your blog should be influenced by the characteristics of your brand: your projects, your photos, your blog design, and your writing. Clear branding helps you to do three important things: to set your blog apart from others’, to reach first time readers, to turn those first-time readers into fans or buyers. In order to accomplish those goals, you need to offer your readers something they can’t … [Read more...]

How to Have Links Open in A New Window

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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 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...]

5 Steps to Improving Blog Traffic in 30-Days

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Before SNAP!... Before I started blogging... Before I met Derek an the boys... I was a career girl. I didn't just work any old job though, I worked in the ultimate pencil skirt and high heel wearing field - public relations. More specifically, I spent my years as a public relations executive working with politicians and sports super stars. At first glance it may seem that the two are completely different. However, politicians and athletes have AT LEAST two things in common - GIANT EGOS and an incredible WORK ETHIC. Though I think we can skip over any discussion of the giant … [Read more...]

Best Pinterest Plugin for WordPress

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Do you know the girls over at Paging Supermom? I love them. Not only that? I pretty much think they are straight-up genius... Recently, I was on the phone with Bettijo lamenting my annoyance with "Pin It" buttons. I love featuring other bloggers work, especially after catching posts they've linked up to Show & Tell Wednesday. The problem? Many of the Pinterest buttons on the market disable right click and save functionality. Not a big deal? Well, when you're going through hundreds of sites to feature, it kind of is. Well, I am just lucky to know Bettijo, because she's a fixer. … [Read more...]