You just started a blog... now what?

You Just Started a Blog… Now What? How to Care for Your WordPress Blog

After creating your blog, there’s more than just writing left to do. You have to plan your content, backup your posts, acknowledge and respond to comments, and even update your software. How are you supposed to know where to begin? It can be SO overwhelming. Here’s my quick and easy-to-understand run down of everything you should know about your new best friend–your blog. I just started a blog… now what? Settings The very first thing you’ll want to do after…

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I'm sharing my biggest blogging secrets!

My 5 Blogging Secrets

This post is sponsored by Find Your Influence. For more information, see my full disclosure below. So many of you ask about blogging. How do you create the content you love while earning money? How do you “do it all” (honest answer… I don’t), how do you increase your pageviews and write content that brings your readers back time and time again? I love answering your questions but since so many of you are asking the same ones, I decided to…

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SEO tutorials for bloggers

SEO for Bloggers: 10 Tutorials from Beginner to Expert

SEO for bloggers is a little different than SEO for brands or businesses–rather than optimizing a website, we usually optimize our individual blog posts. I’ve been researching SEO for bloggers for a while now and wanted to share some of my favorite posts that I’ve come across. Before we begin, you’ll want to install a SEO Plugin like WordPress SEO by Yoast. The Yoast plugin is easily the most popular SEO plugin on WordPress. For a quick overview and tutorial…

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How to set up a MailChimp Autoresponder (and why you'd want to)

How to set up your free MailChimp Autoresponder

When setting up your blog’s email subscription service, it can be helpful to give away a “freebie” as an incentive for signing up. One efficient way to do this is by setting up an autoresponder that will send the subscriber an email with a link to your free content as soon as they subscribe to your email newsletter. MailChimp offers this autoresponder service for free, but it’s not super easy to find if you don’t know where to look. Here’s a quick tutorial…

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The best free printable blog planners

Organize Your Blog with these Printable Blog Planners

There are so many calendars and planners for sale out there that *almost* meet the needs of bloggers. I, for example, use an Erin Condren planner for my blog post ideas, notes, and due dates–but it doesn’t give me an easy way to track blog stats or plan my social media strategy. I recently looked at this EPIC blog planner on Amazon, but wasn’t completely sold on it. I think that the way to go is to take advantage of the…

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5 things you must do before making money with your blog

5 things to do before making money with a blog

This post is sponsored by Find Your Influence In my book, using brand to blogger networks is one of the suggestions I give to bloggers who want to earn money or products. It’s a great way to be discovered by your favorite brands and begin creating your community. One of the brand to blogger networks I work with is Find Your Influence. A lot of bloggers think they’re not big enough to join these networks, but that’s not true! Depending on the…

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How to follow a hashtag

How to follow a hashtag

Next week I’ll he heading out to LA for a fun Disney/ABC event! I’ve had a lot of people say they want to follow me on my journey, and I thought it would be helpful to explain how to find a hashtag, since that’s what we’ll be using to help people easily find our live updates! How to follow a hashtag on Instagram 1.  2. 3. How to follow a hashtag on Twitter 1. 2. 3. How to follow a hashtag on…

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Work More Efficiently with these 5 Apps for Bloggers

Work More Efficiently with these 5 Apps for Bloggers

I love sharing my favorite apps with you. Here are my current favorites to help me stay on top of work!  As bloggers, we sometimes work (and live) in chunks. 70 minutes to write a post. Add products to gift guide spreadsheet. Write note to remind me to answer that email. 20 minutes to respond to comments. Document payment received for ads that ran three months ago. 15 minutes to send invoices. 25 minute drive to Target to purchase supplies. Log payment in…

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blogging rules you should be breaking

Rules Were Made To Be Broken: Blogging For Renegades

My dear friend Corie is here today! I met Corie in one of Jon Acuff’s groups last year and we hit it off like old friends. What I love most about Corie is that she is genuine–no surprises, just kindness. She recently wrote a book called The Simplicity Project and blogs over at Corie Clark.com–you’ll want to check both of those out :) Remember the day you got the idea of starting a blog? The day you felt a fire deep…

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How to edit a MailChimp campaign

How to: Edit a MailChimp Campaign

After setting up blogger’s RSS to email campaigns for them, the most common question I’m asked is, “how do I make changes to my newsletter?” To edit a MailChimp Campaign (RSS to email newsletter) login and: 1. On the left sidebar, click Campaign 2. All the way on the right side of the campaign you’d like to edit is a drop down arrrow. Choose it and click Pause. 3. Click the section of the campaign you’d like to edit – for…

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What I Wish I Knew Before That Post Went Viral

What I Wish I Knew Before That Post Went Viral

 Looking for more blogging tips? Everything But the Posts, my new book, gives tips about setting up a blog, connecting with your community, and monetizing. It’s available in paperback, on Kindle, Nook, and iBooks. ___________ A little over a month ago, one of my blog posts went viral. It was my post Apple iOS7 Tips & Tricks, published 6 days before the operating system was released to the public. It was based on my experiences as a beta tester. My previous definition of a viral…

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How to embed a video into a blog post

Your smile for the day (and how to embed a video in a blog post)

Have you ever seen those hilarious YouTube videos, like this one, and wanted to share it with everyone you know? I love this video–they’re adorable! In order to share this video with you, I have embedded it into this post. That means that instead of giving you a link to it, I’ve made it so you can view it right from my blog, and the views count towards the total YouTube views on their page! Here’s how you embed a…

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Add a subscribe button for MailChimp to your sidebar

How To Add A Subscribe Button For MailChimp To Your Sidebar

The subscribe button on the sidebar of my blog right now was created by my blog designer. I’m giving you directions to create a signup form through MailChimp, so it won’t look exactly like the one in my sidebar now. It’ll look like this:  Once you set up your MailChimp RSS to email campaign so your readers will get your blog updates in their inboxes, you’ll need to give your readers a place to sign up! Adding a personalized subscribe…

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Rock your Facebook Page with these three tips

Rock Your Facebook Page With These Three Tips

With Facebook always changing, there are a few things you can do to make the most out of your business page. Here are instructions for making three quick changes that will give you an edge on the competition, whatever your field may be! 1. Add link to your website in About section: Always have a link in your About section! This makes it easy for people to find your website right from your Facebook page.   a. Edit page >…

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Round Up of Blog Resources

Blog Resources And My Virtual Book Tour

I have been on my virtual book tour this week–stopping by a handful of my favorite blogs and sharing tips, tricks, and blog resources. Here’s a round up of these posts for you to refer to! How to Become a Craft Blogger on Today’s Creative Blog How to make Your Pins go Viral on Desert Chica Ramblings Make Your Previous Content Work for You on 7 On A Shoestring How to Create a Media Kit in PicMonkey on Learn Like…

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Everything But the Posts: A book for Bloggers!

Everything But the Posts is here! I wrote a book for bloggers!

  There are lots of people who proclaim to be ‘blogging experts.’ Becca actually is one. If you want a successful blog, read this as fast as you can! Jon Acuff, New York Times Bestselling author I did it! I wrote a book.   Everything But the Posts is a book for bloggers of all levels–beginner through veteran. There are tips about design, building your community, and different ways to monetize your site. Included in the book are pitch letters…

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