6 Ways To Use Pinterest to Grow Your Blog

 How to Use Pinterest to Grow Your Blog


Confession: I spend waaay too much time on Pinterest.

Fortunately, now that I have started blogging I have a good excuse for all that Pinterest time!

If you want to learn how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog, you’re in the right place.  The great thing about using Pinterest to promote your blog posts is that your pin can have a never-ending life span.   It’s really not that hard to set up a Pinterest business account and start promoting your blog! Read more

First Steps To Take When Starting Your WordPress Blog (Part 2)

First steps to take after starting your blogToday I’m continuing where I left off in my last post with more steps to take when you are starting your blog.  (You can read that post here.)

12. Set Up Google Search Analytics

Google Analytics is a free site where you can get stats about your blog or website to help you judge the performance of your content.  Using Google Analytics you can see your site’s number of users, page views, and average session duration.  Also, you can see where readers are visiting from, how long they are staying, and many other stats.

This is a great article written by Kristi Hines on Moz.com that lists everything you need to know about setting up Google Analytics and the types of reports you can run. Read more

First Steps to Take After Starting Your WordPress Blog

What are the first steps to take after installing WordPress?   I know you are ready to dive right in and start writing your first post, but first be sure to take plenty of time to pick a theme and change the settings on WordPress to fit your blog or website needs.  Need some help deciding what needs to be done?

First steps to take after starting your blog

1.  Select a WordPress Theme

Ready to customize your site to fit your blog or website goals?  You can choose premium themes, but there are actually a ton of free ones so you’ll want to check those first.  To get to the list of themes, from your WordPress admin panel, click on Appearance>>Themes>>Add New. Read more

How to Build a Style Guide for Your Blog or Website

How to Build a Style Guide for Your Blog or Website

As a new blogger, you will want to build a consistent look and feel for your site.  One of the first things you need to do is to build a style guide, and it can be as simple or as detailed as you want.  The important thing is record your choices so that you can easily stay on track with your design for a cohesive look and feel.

Color Theme

First on the list is picking your color scheme. Most people recommend choosing 3-5 colors for your scheme.  You may already have something in mind, but if you don’t let me introduce you to a great free tool – Adobe Kuler Color Wheel.  The site is fairly self-explanatory, and you can generate your own theme or browse from tons of themes that have been submitted by others.  But one of my favorite ways to use this site is to upload an image with colors I may want to use and the tool automatically generates a color pallet for me!

Another fun site you can use to help you decide on your blog’s color palette is Colorcombos.com.   Not only does this site have great tools to help you choose a color scheme, but is has a neat feature called Color Scheme Extraction Tool.   Type in the address of any website, and this tool will extract a color scheme from it!  Fun to play around with! Read more

How to Earn Extra Money with Ebates

How to Earn Extra Money With Ebates


Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, so if you use them I may earn a commission at no cost to you.

How many of you like to make a few extra bucks when you get a chance?  I know that I do!  One of the best ways I have found is to use Ebates.  It couldn’t be easier to use – simply sign up with their app or at Ebates.com.  When you go to their site, you can see stores that have special sales or extra cash back offers.  To make a purchase from their home page, search for the store you want to shop at and click through their link. Read more

How to Choose a Web Host for Your Blog

How to Choose a Web Host for Your Blog

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Once you have decided on a niche and name for your blog or website, you will need to choose a web host.   When I first looked for a web host, I knew absolutely nothing about where to begin.

After blogging for awhile, here are the things I believe to be the most important to consider when choosing a web host.

  1. Affordability
  2. Tech Support
  3. Automatic Backups
  4. Multiple add-on domains
  5. Money-back guarantee

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Finding the Right Niche For Your Blog

Finding Your Blog Niche


I’ve been thinking about starting a blog for over a year now.   After being laid off from my long-time job, I decided to retrain in a different field.  I started taking classes in web design, and that has given me the motivation to start my blog.  The problem was, I couldn’t decide exactly what I wanted to blog about.

Do you have that problem too?  There are tons of blog posts out there covering the subject of finding your blog niche, and I have got some ideas reading through those.  Many suggest that you ask yourself these questions to help define the topic and objective of your blog: Read more

How to Choose Your Blog Name

How to Choose Your Blog Name


Does choosing your blog name seem like an impossible task?  Sometimes one of the hardest things to do is to come up with a blog name that you love.  Here are 4 tips to help you come up with a great name.

Make A List of Words Associated With Your Blog

One of the best ways to help you decide on a blog name is to make a list of things your blog is about and what your objective is.  Read more