Published on 2013-05-16 19:36:00
Guest Post - Our host is Stephan Jukic, Stephan lists how to to keep your blog safe from hackers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Running a blog is often a work of love that takes a lot of work and creates something of enorm
Published on 2013-05-13 18:32:00
Guest Post - Our host is Shannon Williams, Shannon is looking at how and why you should use Google+ authorship on your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
You may have noticed the last time that you searched any newsworthy
Published on 2013-05-09 09:29:00
Guest Post - Our host is Brian L, Brian is looking at the best ways to customize your WordPress theme for a unique look.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Wordpress has become such a popular CMS that it's common to see "c
Published on 2013-05-07 15:52:00
Guest Post - Our host is Emmanuel Obarhua, who takes an in-dept look into article writing.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The only way you can make your articles unique and mind boggling is to make a difference in how you w
Published on 2013-05-05 07:28:00
In this tutorial we have a new way for posts to be viewed on your blogs homepage, namely infinite scroll.Infinite scroll has been a popular trend in web design for some time and now you can have it on your blogger blogs.On Blogger we have on the home
Published on 2013-05-03 19:58:00
Guest Post - Our host is Cara Aley, Cara has some fresh new ideas on getting those creative juices flowing on your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Writing can be a fabulous avocation, but all writers at times face the
Published on 2013-04-30 21:32:00
Guest Post - Our host is Nellie Aldridge who has some great fresh tips to reaching your goals as a blogger.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Becoming a profound blogger is not as difficult as you may first think. Let’s face
Published on 2013-04-28 14:59:00
Guest Post - Our host is Garrett Moon, who has some interesting views on how you can profile your audience.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Many of us think that we know who we are writing to, but do we really? The problem w
Published on 2013-04-26 12:19:00
It's been a week since Google launched the new Google Plus commenting system for blogger.In this post we will look at how to use Google+ Comments on Wordpress, Bloggger and the custom blogger templates.
With Google Plus trying to compete in the
Published on 2013-04-25 21:32:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jason Roiz, Jason is looking at keeping spam comments to a minimum on Wordpress.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
77,430,232,104- That’s the number of spam comments prevented by Akismet to date. Unb
Published on 2013-04-21 14:07:00
Guest Post - Our host is Brianne Walter, here Brianne explains why you don't have to be serious on your blog at all times.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Bloggers, like any other business owner in the world, take their
Published on 2013-04-15 12:06:00
In the past I have provided Blogger users with a number of different Image sliders or featured posts sliders.Recently while working on a blog design job I had a client looking for a very specific slider to display some of their best images.The slider
Published on 2013-04-11 17:08:00
Guest Post - Our host is Teyona Dame, who lists some of the best traffic tools for you.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Do you want to make sure your blog stays in the limelight? Do you want to be certain that it remains alm
Published on 2013-04-08 09:09:00
Guest Post - Our host is Lauren Smith, in this post Lauren tackles the problems faced when writing for niches seen as less exciting or boring.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Hello, my name is Lauren Smith and I'm an onl
Published on 2013-04-04 14:35:00
Guest Post - Our host is Kingsley Agu, in this post Kingsley has some tips for freelance bloggers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Do you still remember that moment when you check your email or facebook inbox, and you come a
Published on 2013-04-01 08:00:00
Guest Post - Our host is Gina Smith, the majority of bloggers are new to writing content but as Gina explains in this post that does not mean they can not write like the pros.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The thought of w
Published on 2013-03-29 09:16:00
Guest Post - Our host is Annie Wallace, in this post Annie lists and reviews three plugins for Wordpress that can help your blogging productivity.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Wouldn't it be nice if running a blog was e
Published on 2013-03-27 09:12:00
Guest Post - Our host is Matthew Woodward , In this post Matthew 'Winner Of The ProBlogger One To Watch In 2013 award'explains a popular new tool he is sure will help Bloggers called IFTTT.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blo
Published on 2013-03-26 07:32:00
Guest Post - Our host is Chris Hickman, Social media is a huge part of Blogging from social traffic to SEO.In this post we look at how Bloggers can best use social media in 2013 and beyond.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2013-03-24 12:55:00
Author - Our host is Raducu Roman, an ever popular subject for bloggers is "How to make money from my blog" in this post we take a fresh look at the topic.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If your a blogger or you might be am
Published on 2013-03-21 10:22:00
Guest Post - Our host is Debbie Allen, here Debbie has some great suggestions on choosing headlines for your blog posts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The goal of every blogger is for their blog posts to be read by hundred
Published on 2013-03-18 17:28:00
We’ve teamed up with TemplateMonster to offer 5 premium web page designs for free. We hope you will find the giveaway useful, especially those of you who love WordPress and Joomla. Please, read on to learn more about the prizes and how to get them.
Published on 2013-03-18 01:33:00
Our host is Robert, last week we looked at the Best Blog Platforms so to continue in that theme we will look at the best Content Management Systems.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
When preparing to launch a website, one of
Published on 2013-03-16 17:21:00
Guest Post - Our host is Amy Harris, Amy is trying to get to the core problem of why people are not reading your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Building a great blog is hard work. It takes hundreds of hours of your ti
Published on 2013-03-14 22:15:00
Guest Post - Our host is Martha Buckly, in this post Martha takes and in-dept look at mentors in writing and as a bonus look out for the inspirational writing quotes at the foot of the post.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2013-03-14 16:58:00
Guest Post - Our host is Logan Harper, in this post Logan looks at how to get traffic to your blog from the popular social network Reddit.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
What is Reddit?If you’ve seen the front page filled
Published on 2013-03-13 13:42:00
Guest Post - Our host is Daniel Vassiliou, in this post Daniel uses his experience as a professional writer and link builder to explain Back linking and traffic is an ever changing field.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2013-03-11 13:19:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jamaica Sanchez, infographics are a great way to convey a message or tell a story here we have the 10 best tools to make your own infographics.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
As cliché as it sounds
Published on 2013-03-09 20:18:00
Guest Post - Our host is Robin Mckenzie, In this last post we listed the 10 most powerful Blogger platforms so today we decided to look at an alternative from the main platforms.Robin will walk you through keeping a blog on the social network MySpace
Published on 2013-03-07 21:29:00
Guest Post - Our host is Robert Espinosa, starting with the ones you may be familiar with to some you may not have heard of Robert lists the best platforms for bloggers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Blogging has turned ou
Published on 2013-03-07 16:43:00
Guest Post - Our host is Cameron Smith, in this post Cameron tackles the obscure yet important subject of bullet points.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Recently I’ve been working on jazzing up my skills when it comes to s
Published on 2013-03-05 17:39:00
Guest Post - Our host is DCMontreal, in this post he explains how putting smiles on faces can add readers to your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
We’ve all heard it said that laughter is the best medicine. Some studi
Published on 2013-03-04 09:36:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jessica Velasco, in this post Jessica represents Guest authors giving a no holes barred message to us blog owners.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
I’ll give it to you straight, right from the begin
Published on 2013-03-01 12:07:00
Guest Post - Our host is Samantha Priest, it's been some time since Google added social signals to their algorithm here Samantha looks at how you can use Google+ to boost your blogs SEO.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2013-02-28 16:41:00
Guest Post - Our host is David Tucker, here David looks at how to best finish your posts and leave readers wanting more.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
In blogging, as in every other type of writing, there needs to be an ar
Published on 2013-02-26 08:52:00
In July last year we looked at the Best new free Wordpress themes of 2012.As with all our WP theme collections that was a very popular post and since then there have been some more amazing free themes released.So today we have listed the best free Wo
Published on 2013-02-25 16:09:00
Guest Post - Our host is Samantha Kirk, last week we published "How To Get Your Blogs On-Page SEO Right In 2013 " but exactly what is On Page SEO ? in this post Samantha explains .See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2013-02-23 15:13:00
Many people now are starting to create their own blogs for different reasons such as to release stress, to live their passion for writing, to market their business, to connect to more people, and so on. Sometimes we get too paranoid on thinking that
Published on 2013-02-22 17:36:00
Guest Post - Our host is Laura Burkey, every blogger uses Facebook to drive traffic to their blog but are you using the right techniques ?.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Blogs and social media sites go hand in hand. They r
Published on 2013-02-21 14:16:00
Guest Post - Our host is Alisa Martin, as an experienced guest author on many blogs Alisa has some good tips on guest blogging.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Guest Posting undoubtedly plays a pivotal role in the context of
Published on 2013-02-20 08:23:00
Guest Post - Our host is Scarlett Huxley, Scarlett is giving a synopsis of Rebel Mouse a new social curation website.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Rumours of the influence of ‘social search’ made internet marketing t
Published on 2013-02-19 09:16:00
Guest Post - Our host is Parveen Barak, and he has some good advice on what to do when your blog gets penalized by Goolge.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Google is a great source of vast information. In fact, all search eng
Published on 2013-02-18 17:50:00
Guest Post - Our host is Dan Vassiliou, in this post Dan has some interesting SEO tips.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The Panda and Penguin algorithmic bombs have hit and Search Engine Optimization is not what it was befor
Published on 2013-02-17 08:14:00
Guest Post - Our host is Rebecca Kingsdale, in this post Rebecca runs through some tips for everyone from the newbie blogger to the more expirenced on how to write a great blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Would you like
Published on 2013-02-16 10:17:00
Guest Post - Our host is Sebastian Cowie, here Sebastian lists 5 Free Image Resource Sites To Enhance Your Blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
It’s all too easy to head on over to Google Images and search for your target
Published on 2013-02-15 07:19:00
For this post our host is Stephanie Strazinsky, Stephanie here breaks down how to add some emotion to your next blog post.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Growing up we’ve all heard “Don’t be too emotional” a number
Published on 2013-02-10 17:29:00
Guest Post - Our host is Winson Yeung, in this article Winston takes a fantastic in-debt look at on page Search Engine Optimization and how you should approach it on your blog this year.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2013-02-09 19:17:00
If your a blogger you will know how to copy and paste and the process of highlighting text or code to copy.Regular readers that have followed our tutorials will have copied code from our posts many times.Now, when you highlight text or code you will
Published on 2013-02-05 14:19:00
Guest Post - Our host is Ben Austin, Ben here looks at how you should be using links on your blog for the best SEO in 2013.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Ah the old hyperlink. One of the most basic and fundamental aspects
Published on 2013-02-01 12:11:00
When I started blogging in order to do some work I had to head to the desktop computer in the back room.But times have changed and the introduction of android phones and tablets have made the bloggers work much much easier.From taking notes, photos a
Published on 2013-01-31 15:53:00
Guest Post - Our host is Kavita Jain, in this post Kavita has a unique look at making blog posts easy.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
I have always felt that when we write something in a simple, honest way- it touches someo
Published on 2013-01-30 09:36:00
Guest Post - Our host is Lisa Devereaux, Want to speed up your post writing process ? Lisa has some great tips to help you on the way.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Are you spending too much time chained to your computer t
Published on 2013-01-29 15:22:00
Guest Post - Our host is Leslie Anglesey, in this post Leslie looks at the glass as half full when it comes to criticism.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Perhaps, even the best blog posts receive negative feedback. Sure, som
Published on 2013-01-28 16:01:00
Guest Post - Our host is Peter Trapasso, Here Peter explaines the often overlooked content source that is content curation.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The practice of blog curation is a magnificent asset to bloggers and
Published on 2013-01-16 08:11:00
Guest Post - Our host is Aritra Roy, As a guest author himself Aritra has some tips to pass on about guest blogging in 2013.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If I think about traffic, organic traffic comes to be my favorite.
Published on 2013-01-13 07:05:00
Guest Post - Our host is Rob James, in this 'Tongue in cheek' titled post Rob has sone great tips on improving your blog post titles.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
One of the main problems of writing a regular blog
Published on 2013-01-10 16:44:00
Guest Post - Our host is Chris Nosal, in this post Chris take an interesting look at writing compelling blog posts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Blogging is about a lot more than just writing some information, sharing a p
Published on 2013-01-09 11:38:00
Guest Post - Our host is Alfred Smith, in this post Alfred talks about an often overlooked form of writing.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Want to persuade your blog visitors to buy your product or service? Or looking for w
Published on 2013-01-04 12:42:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jasmine, Many bloggers now run Email newsletters connected to their blogs so we thought it was time to give you some tips to make those Emails more effective.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2012-12-30 08:17:00
Guest Post - Our host is David Ingram, here David gives you some ideas on how you can use the Ripples featureon Google plus to your advantage.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Well, the first thing we should probably do is ex
Published on 2012-12-20 16:49:00
In the past I have written a few tutorials on different styles of the share this social bookmark egg.Today just in time for Christmas I have a Christmas version.A cool Christmas ornament sits on the corner of your blog with social bookmarking options
Published on 2012-12-18 08:12:00
Guest Post - Our host is Charles Dearing, Giveaways and competitions are now very popular for bloggers, in this post Charles guides you to some free tools to help you with your giveaways.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2012-12-11 06:11:00
Guest Post - Our host is Mara Fuchs, here Mara makes a case on just how important your blog design can be.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Picture the following: you have two plates of food in front of you, both containing c
Published on 2012-12-03 15:56:00
Guest Post - Our host is Matt Foden, Matt explains new link building as an art and science.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
With the myriad of recent changes to Google's algorithm it can seem very difficult to navigate y
Published on 2012-11-29 13:38:00
Guest Post - Our host is Dustin Verburg, in this post Dustin make some very interesting comparisons between Punk and Blogging...Really...See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Before the late 1970s, it was nearly impossible for inde
Published on 2012-11-26 17:05:00
Over the last few years I have tried to help you get your blogs into the Christmas spirit with some neat Christmas themed gadgets.The most popular and simple of these have been the Snow Fall effects we have published.Some code added to your blog can
Published on 2012-11-22 11:29:00
Guest Post - Our host is Harvey Pearce, In this post Harvey looks at the new age of link building.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
By now if you have a blog you’ve no doubt heard all about Google’s Penguin update. If you
Published on 2012-11-18 08:24:00
Guest Post - Our host is Steve Aedy, here Steve takes a look at some advice from famous authors us Bloggers can use.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
With nearly a hundred literary masterpieces between them, Kurt Vonnegut, Jo
Published on 2012-11-14 10:09:00
Guest Post - Our host is Ken Myers, In this post Ken lists 7 writing tips or rules that have come to be expected to be followed by Bloggers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Look, there are a lot of people out there that are
Published on 2012-11-12 08:54:00
For the last year or so Guest Posts have made up the majority of content on Spice Up Your Blog.A guest post is a post submitted by a blogger, webmaster or content writer representing one of the aforementioned.We have covered the subject of guest post
Published on 2012-11-08 15:24:00
Guest Post - Our host is Sarah Villaflor, in this post Sarah makes the strange yet interesting connection between blogging and hunting.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The HuntGetting Internet users to visit your blog is lik
Published on 2012-11-07 04:38:00
Guest Post - Our host is Kimberly Harrison, One wa to build a following for your blog is to research your target audience and write with them in mind, here Kimberly has some tips to do just that.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Published on 2012-11-05 07:12:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jeriann Watkins, in this post Jeriann takes a deep look at the connection between quality content and SEO.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The infrastructure of the search engine optimization (SEO) i
Published on 2012-11-01 13:21:00
Guest Post - Our host is Alicia, here she looks into using Facebook to help your blogs traffic and sales.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Is investing time and money on Facebook really going to help increase your traffic and
Published on 2012-10-30 13:26:00
Guest Post - Our host is Nathalie Sanderson, in this post Nathalie has some ideas on how to get ideas for blog posts in your niche.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Many bloggers stick with a single method of coming up with blog post ideas – simply writing about whatever is on their mind that day. Although some bloggers may find it easy to come up with an endless stream of interesting, relevant topics this way, almost every bloggers has faced the experience of sitting [..]
Published on 2012-10-28 14:35:00
Guest Post - Our host is Rachel O’Riordan, just in time for Halloween Rachel looks at the how you can use horror films as inspiration for your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
It’s the season of ghosts and general spookfulness. The time of year for us all to check for monsters under the bed and wonder what’s out there in the woodshed. But whilst we’re wondering whether or not to go and check what that noise is down in the dark cellar (it’s just a mouse - [..]
Published on 2012-10-27 12:26:00
Guest Post - Our host is Melissa Woodson, here Mellisa has some good pointers on using a content calendar to determine how your posts are published.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Writing is tiring. Pulitzer Prize winner and 2012 MacArthur Grant recipient Junot Diaz recently shared his struggles with writing short stories in The New York Times, saying that he never wants to write a book of short stories again. While many people will be quick to point out that the writi [..]
Published on 2012-10-23 13:11:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jack Meyer, in this post Jack has listed 17 inspirational ideas for blog post topics.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
After you have written a few hundred blog posts, you start to come up empty on ideas. In fact, your ideas seem to be the same ones over and over again. Why not spice things up? Here are some new, fresh ideas for your next blog post:
1) At Home – Did you know that rubber bands last longer when you refrigerate them? Things for a [..]
Published on 2012-10-19 07:52:00
Guest Post - Our host is Marcela De Vivo, here Marcela looks at content curation and some useful tools you can use for it.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
In a world where content is King, it might be said that content curation is God. This is the hottest trend to come out in the years in the marketing and search engine optimization field. At its most simple, content curation simply means collecting the best content on a particular topic and publishing it with edits, ad [..]
Published on 2012-10-18 09:44:00
Guest Post - Our host is Saskia Bader.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
One reason why I have started to research and write about blogging tips is that I really don't like it when good blogs are taken ofﬂine just because the blogger became frustrated. So what are the
causes for blogger frustration and what can you do against it?
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Published on 2012-10-15 19:40:00
Guest Post - Our host is Abel Velazquez, here Abel has some blog design tips for your blogs.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
With most blogging platforms being geared for beginners, blog design can be as simple as choosing from a selection of pre-made templates and uploading a logo for some users. This might work for you, but if you want to take your efforts to the next level, then be prepared to take it up a notch.
Following are six high-level blog design tips that wi [..]
Published on 2012-10-13 15:44:00
Guest Post - Our host is Stephen, in this post he has a great list of blog tips for writing blog posts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
When you write a blog post, who do you write it for? Is it for the search engines, potential advertisers or other bloggers in your network? No, it’s the reader for whom you write. So no matter how SEO-friendly or Ad-friendly your content may appear, if it doesn’t have reader appeal then you don’t get anywhere.
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Published on 2012-10-12 12:14:00
Guest Post - Our host is Tony Lee, here Tony looks at some of the advantages in running giveaways on your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
I'm a huge believer in doing blog giveaways (hence I've done at least 5, giving away a total of $1200). Not only is it nice to give something back to the readers, doing a blog giveaway can really benefit your blog! Here's how:
Giveaways aren't for building long-term blog readership or traffic.
Before I get on with the rest of m [..]
Published on 2012-10-07 05:50:00
Guest Post - Our host is Andrew Bart, in this post Andrew looks at how you can use the USA election candidates as inspiration for how you use social media to promote your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Social media strategists and political advocates for the Obama and Romney campaigns have exceeded their A-game to influence Democratic, Republican and Independent voters, including even the most politically apathetic citizen.
Often, trending topics and conversatio [..]
Published on 2012-10-04 16:26:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jacob E. Dawson, in this post Jacob lists some great Productivity tools for you.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Multiple browsers with twenty tabs or more open on each one. A word-processing app, numerous folders, image editing software and desktop notifications crowd your monitor(s). A mug of bitter coffee, Post-it notes and illegible scribbles layer the desk. Sound familiar? This is the life of a blogger – connected 24/7, streams of bits an [..]
Published on 2012-10-02 05:49:00
Guest Post - Our host is Rachel O’Riordan, here Rachel has some really interesting ideas to spice up your blog content.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Content is king in the online world. It’s got to be fresh, got to be unique, got to be new. Some days knowing you need to provide a new blog or article on the same niche product AGAIN is enough to make even the most creative of us wake up with a headache. But there are some easy techniques to use to freshen up those [..]
Published on 2012-09-29 16:18:00
Guest Post - Our host is Christopher Wallace, In this post Christopher has some tips to keep your blog fresh.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
There's no quicker way to kill your blog than to let it go stale. If you devotedly post every day for months, building a follower base, and then completely drop out for weeks at a time, people will be slow to return.
The most successful blogs add fresh content daily. Even if you're a one-man-or-woman operation, that shoul [..]
Published on 2012-09-27 15:09:00
Guest Post - Our host is Sara Carter, In this post Sara has some great blog design tips.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
When it comes to building a dynamic blog online, it is essential to keep several key factors in mind. Many beginners feel overwhelmed by the assortment of information available, finding it difficult to understand what makes a blog stand out as professional and effective. Fortunately, understanding the essentials of dynamic blog design doesn’t have t [..]
Published on 2012-09-24 10:07:00
Guest Post - Our host is Daniel Page, here Daniel has some tips to keep your Wordprss blog secure.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
All-in-all WordPress is a fairly secure platform, especially if it’s hosted with a reliable hosting provider like AHosting, but it’s also hugely popular, and that means it’s in the interest of hackers and data thieves to focus a lot of their energies on finding ways to hack it. There are a number of things a WordPress user can do to se [..]
Published on 2012-09-20 14:18:00
Guest Post - Our host is Travis Banks, In this post Travis is looking at some tips to avoid SEO penalties.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
SEO penalties can cause a lot of trouble for website owners, and can prove to be a big hindrance to marketing a website effectively.
Google has a very stringent method of checking websites, and if you wish to avoid penalties – the biggest penalty would be being blocked from Google’s search rankings entirely – there are a numbe [..]
Published on 2012-09-18 16:08:00
Guest Post - Our host is Doug Glaston, In this post Doug looks at some successful blogs and how they got there.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If you're on Spice Up Your Blog, then your interested enough to learn more about what you can do to make your blog better. The Internet is loaded with perhaps tens of thousands of blogs that deliver articles and content for a specific audience. Many are great, some of them are not really that intriguing. Maybe yours has gott [..]
Published on 2012-09-17 08:24:00
Guest Post - Our host is Simon Rattray, In this post Simon has some great blog tips for guest posting.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If you are looking to promote your blog one of the most prominent methods currently being employed by many blog owners is to write guest articles on other sites. There are several benefits of guest writing including…
- Reaching out to the blog owner’s audience
- Driving relevant traffic to your site
- Increasing awareness of your [..]
Published on 2012-09-14 09:33:00
I'm sure you have received many Emails that have included a signature from the sender.More importantly I'm sure you have seen these signatures also included social icons connected to the senders social network profiles.This is something I have on my outgoing Email, I have icons connected to my Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest.Well a few people have asked me how I added them so in this post I will show you.
To make it as easy as possible I have created a Video tutorial that walks [..]
Published on 2012-09-13 11:05:00
Guest Post - Our host is John Geroutis, in this post John has some StumbleUpon tips for bloggers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog. How does Stumble Upon really works?
Stumble Upon is one of the most famous social bookmarking websites on the web, along with Digg, Delicious, Reddit and Buzzfeed. It's very easy and fun to use. You just select the categories you usually enjoy viewing ( marketing, photography, humor, psychology,sports, games, etc.) and then automatically S [..]
Published on 2012-09-10 18:26:00
Guest Post - Our host is Danielle Rodabaugh, In this post Danielle has listed fifteen blog tips to make your blog more engaging.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If you've been managing your blog for some time, chances are you're looking for some ways to improve it. Whether it comes to content development, credibility or reader engagement, the opportunities for improvement are endless. To help you along your way, here are 15 great ways any blog owner can improve [..]
Published on 2012-09-07 10:38:00
Guest Post - Our host is Matt Geer, In this post Matt looks at the dangers of information overload from the 'online pros'.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
There is no blueprint to making money online. If you've spent any time researching how to build an online business than you already know this.
However, what you do have access to are all the make money online blogs, ran by guys who've already made their thousands or millions of dollars online. They fi [..]
Published on 2012-09-05 07:49:00
Guest Post - Our host is Richard Franklin, in this post Richard looks at the advantages of LinkedIn for Bloggers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
There’s no need to sugar coat. When someone mentions LinkedIn, it does not elicit the same giddiness or excitement versus the more famous social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter or Google+. In fact, for a novice social media company, LinkedIn may not hold any marketing value and may be perceived nothing less than a digi [..]
Published on 2012-09-03 10:43:00
Guest Post - Our host is Greg Brey, In this post Greg looks at the advantages of having a blog connected to your company.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The digital age has presented additional business opportunities to increase awareness of your products/service in a cost-effective way. Blogging is a tool that some companies don’t utilize, often due to the lack of knowledge behind the impact a blog can make for their company. Here are five reasons for your company [..]
Published on 2012-09-02 06:54:00
Guest Post - Our host is Michael 'Ace' Darko, In this post Michael has blog SEO tips for Google success.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Google threw the SEO efforts of the content writing world a huge curve ball with the implementation of the Penguin update. Many were still thanking their lucky stars after the Panda update of April 2011 only to be wiped out from utilizing too much search engine optimization within their content.
What did this mean for everyone else?
Published on 2012-09-01 17:55:00
Dynamic Views (DV) templates have become a popular choice with some Blogger users.When you choose dynamic views you select a default template which readers will see when they land on your blog.But in a menu under the header readers have the option to view your blog using any of the other six DV templates.So basically you are giving the readers the choice on how they want to view your blog.But this does not suit everybody, I have recently received a few emails asking is there a way to remove the [..]
Published on 2012-09-01 05:40:00
Guest Post - Our host is Charles Mburugu, in this post Charles has a checklist for before you publish a post on your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Many people rush to publish posts, only to realize later that they used the wrong keywords, forgot to proofread or included broken links. Therefore, before pressing the ‘publish’ button, the following are some of the things you need to consider.
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Published on 2012-08-29 10:22:00
Guest Post - Our host is Ben Rogan, In this post Ben has listed 25 amazing About Pages sure to Inspire you.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Whether you own a personal blog or manage an ecommerce platform; the ‘about’ section of your site should be the place where your personality really shines. However, so many sites succumb to the typically dry bios, which ultimately lack originality and a unique ‘voice’. Here’s a variety of sites in a variety of niches, which [..]
Published on 2012-08-27 14:51:00
Guest Post - Our host is Goranka Radojcic, in this post Goranka goes through the best online image tools.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The Web has definitely gone visual. Pinterest is the latest craze and trend. Various surveys and reports show that the site is a great source of traffic and incoming links to content creators. And the popularity of visual content is still growing. Savvy bloggers turn this visual trend to their advantage.
Here is the list of twenty fr [..]
Published on 2012-08-27 05:39:00
Guest Post - Our host is Clare Evans, In this post Clare has some useful blog tips for niche bloggers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
We’re all used to seeing post after post on how to grow your blogs readership. And while all these points are well and good if you blog about marketing, SEO, or design; are they really relevant to the niche bloggers amongst us?
A quick Google search will show you that there is a blog for pretty much everything. Whatever your weird, wo [..]
Published on 2012-08-24 12:00:00
Comments are one of the essential parts that make a blog a blog.Comments help everyone from Mommy bloggers to Fortune 500 company blogs receive reader and costumer opinion and feedback.So it's important you and your readers get the most from your comments system.
The default Blogger comments have come a long way over the last few years culminating in the introduction of threaded comment replies last year.But as a Blogger user you have other options and lots of them.In this post we will look [..]
Published on 2012-08-23 15:21:00
Guest Post - Our host is Peter Nevis, here Peter asks some questions about the tone you set on your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog. Introduction
As a blogger, unless your blog serves an online personal diary, building an audience is important. One way to build a loyal audience is to set the right tone for your blog. There is no one right tone for every blog. Being clear on the purpose of your blog and the audience you wish to reach can help you set the proper tone. [..]
Published on 2012-08-23 13:10:00
An Email I received recently for a Blogger user complained photos they added to posts were overlapping onto the sidebar.I facet I have seen this on a few blogs and have helped people with the problem.Fixing it is easy and only takes a minute.All we do is add a snippet of Css that makes sure photos and images can only be at maximum 98% the width of posts.So even if you added a huge image this code will restrict it from breaking out of the post body, Lets do it !
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Published on 2012-08-21 15:51:00
Guest Post - Our host is Patrick Del Rosario, In this post Patrick has some great blog tips to keep in mind so you work with your blog not against it.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The benefits of blogging in today’s digital age almost go without saying. From better rankings on search engines, more value to website visitors and a forum to speak you and your brands voice, blogs have taken the online world by storm and lent a way for businesses and people to engage be [..]
Published on 2012-08-20 18:08:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jason Colantuoni, Jason plays the English teacher making sure your blog is grammatically correct.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Last Month 52,689 blog posts were analyzed for grammatical errors and punctuation errors. It was accomplished through the use of a web crawler, automated software that can visit websites to gather information. Search engines frequently use web crawlers to collect information about what is available on public web pages [..]
Published on 2012-08-19 15:23:00
I seem to have published a lot of subscription gadgets on Spice Up Your Blog over the years.To be honest recently I have tried to take a break from such posts.But readers should have a say and that's why I find myself publishing this post.I had come up with a version of a Subscribe Icons gadget I had seen on a lot of sites.Because of my self imposed break from publishing such tutorials I decided to add the code into jsFiddle and send out a Tweet and add it to our FaceBook page so followers c [..]
Published on 2012-08-18 06:04:00
Guest Post - Our host is Melissa Woodson, In this post Melissa looks at the advantages of using tags on your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
As an avid blogger, you should make it a priority to carefully organize your site so that your readers find it easy to navigate. While adding categories to your blog is a helpful way of organizing postings by similar content, tags take your content a step further.
Tags in a NutshellTags are labels that group posts together [..]
Published on 2012-08-15 18:03:00
Sometimes you want to grab the attention of readers and draw that attention to a specific link.So here we have a very easy way to add a flashing effect to specific links on your blog.You have two options, you can have the link text flashing or add a flashing background.This can be helpful as a call to action once you don't go overboard adding it to all links which will just serve to irritate your readers.Check out the demo (You can see the flashing links at the top of the sidebar) and tutori [..]
Published on 2012-08-14 15:45:00
Guest Post - Our host is Aileen Pablo, In this post focused on Business Blogs Aileen has tips to boost your sales.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
You have a young business that is organized, staffed, and ready to go through the roof. Your product or service is sound, and now all you need to do is focus on boosting sales.
But how should you go about doing this in a way that won’t completely break the bank? One of the best ways is by creating a blog to help drive [..]
Published on 2012-08-13 07:29:00
Guest Post - Our host is David Lazar, here David takes a look at the autoblog trend that we have seen online recently.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If you do a Google search for “automated blog posts” you will mostly find a bunch of tools that perform this function and a number of websites that promote automated blog posting as a great way to make some easy money quickly. While this type of practice could be able to yield you some money in the short run from Go [..]
Published on 2012-08-10 12:47:00
Its time to draw the lucky winners of our great giveaway in conjunction with WebHostingBuzz.We had a big entry for the giveaway with 80 people hoping to Win a prize, I would love to give you all a prize but unfortunately we only have five.
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Published on 2012-08-10 08:57:00
A question I was asked on the post "Always Display The Sidebar On Blogger Dynamic Views Templates" is "Can we have AdSense on Dynamic Views Templates".I had a quick look into it and the answer is yes.So in this post I will show you the steps involved to put AdSense on Blogger Dynamic Views.
Now as far as I can see the AdSense units used are all 768x90 and 120x600.They are displayed between posts, below posts and beside posts.For the classic and sidebar templates Units are on the home page and [..]
Published on 2012-08-07 14:40:00
Over the last year Blogger really have added a huge amounts of improvements to the platform.We all know about and most of us are using the new blogger interface that while has had it's teething problems in my opinion is now settling in (I wont mention the lack of URL, why they change draft posts to be the same color as published and the redirect page after publishing a post, oops I did).But apart from the large changes there have been so many small changes.In fact as a Blogger user for many [..]
Published on 2012-08-06 06:42:00
Something I have been seeing a lot on blogs and websites is the pop up survey from Qualaroo.It's actually a neat way to run a survey on your blog, it sits in the corner of the page big enough to grab the attention of the reader but not so big as to block content.It also has a close option so if readers are not interested they can get rid of it.
The default survey is set to ask readers how they found your site but there are a number of set surveys and you can create your own with any questions [..]
Published on 2012-08-05 11:11:00
Many freebies such as Ebooks, Themes, Templates and Icons although free have a stipulation attached.More and more these days we see a Like, Tweet or comment to download.So instead of seeing a download button there will be a Tweet or Like button and once pressed the download appears.This is a way for the creator of the freebie to get some exposure for their content.When i published the Free Set Of 3D Social Icons last week I have to admit I considered using one of these.In the end I decided not t [..]
Published on 2012-08-03 11:25:00
Guest Post - Our host is Josiah, in this post has some great tips for a successful YouTube channel.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
A significant amount of traffic that flows throughout the Internet every year is by users watching YouTube videos. YouTube.com has led to an enormous success for many people. Users came along, had an idea and made it happen. Whether the idea was to upload video game play, cooking recipes or even hair and make-up tutorials, users all over [..]
Published on 2012-08-02 16:14:00
I know you all keep a close eye on the page rank for your blogs, I have to admit I also look out for it.Google usually update toolbar page rank four times a year so around every three months.Well today we we have noticed a Major page rank update taking place.A number of my sites have seen a page rank change, at the time of writing Spice Up Your Blog is holding steady with a page rank of 5.You can quickly check the page rank of your blog to see if there was any change using our free page rank che [..]
Published on 2012-08-02 14:44:00
It's been a few weeks since we looked at The 30 Best Free WordPress Themes Of 2012.Now it's time to see the Best Blogger Templates released this year.We are well past the half way stage of the year and as always Blogger Template Designers have been hard at work.They are of course all Free Blogger Templates and you can click the name of each to get the demo and download details.
Included are all styles like the classic Magazine design and a few unique and niche styles.
25 Best Free [..]
Published on 2012-08-01 12:56:00
Google are really playing for keeps with their latest venture into social networking; Google+.From using it to break news for their various products, making it an integral part of their search results, +1 on AdSense units and a real push to integrate it into blogs hosted on Blogger.
After adding the option to use you Google+ profile as your Blogger profile and providing Google+ gadgets for Blogger they have now added a tab to the Blogger dashboard dedicated to Google+.
To be honest the Google+ [..]
Published on 2012-08-01 09:04:00
Guest Post - Our host is Eric Nacul, In this post Eric lists the best list making services.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Santa isn't the only one who should be making a list and checking it twice. Bloggers interested in increasing traffic to their websites should, too.
There’s simply no denying the popularity of lists. They’re everywhere and on every topic imaginable. Readers like lists because they’re quick and easy to read and provide instant gratificati [..]
Published on 2012-07-31 09:09:00
Today here on Spice Up Your Blog we are launching a fantastic competition for readers.We have teamed up with WebHostingBuzz to offer five Yes 5 lucky readers a totally free domain name and free hosting for one year (plus much more see below).I'm sure you all know what a custom domain is, the hosting can be used for example for a WordPress blog.If you use Blogger of course you don't need hosting but you can avail of the free domain and we will help the winners connect their free domain to [..]
Published on 2012-07-31 05:45:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jessica, In this post Jessica gives her opinion on why SEO is not on the way out.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Every day it appears some self-appointed ‘expert’ has declared the industry of SEO dead on its knees, this time next year we’ll all be flipping burgers, stacking shelves or asking people if they’d like a copy of The Big Issue. Whilst I don’t have the advantage of having a time machine (some guy with floppy hair wearing a bow [..]
Published on 2012-07-29 19:00:00
The floating share bars are very popular among bloggers.You know the bar the scrolls along beside posts as you read.These allow you to Tweet and Like the post at anytime.This is a very cool WordPress plugin that works with the same principle but for your comments.The floating comments plugin places a miniature comment form beside your posts that scrolls so readers can comment anytime.Once the reader clicks inside the comment field it opens with the options to add a comment.The comment form is th [..]
Published on 2012-07-29 07:36:00
Guest Post - Our host is August Drilling, August takes an in-dept look at optimizing your images for search along with tutorials for WordPress and Blogger.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If you haven’t noticed, a new visual trend has hit the web, and Pinterest is a prime example of this image-based trend in action. High quality, engaging images receive tons of love on Pinterest, generating loads of traffic back to the originating website.
Besides Pinterest, though, [..]
Published on 2012-07-28 15:43:00
You know one of the things I constantly have to keep in mind while writing tutorials is the Newbie or Beginner Blogger.Whether it's tutorials for WordPress or Blogger blogs I always try to write posts as if I was writing them for a complete newcomer to blogging.Indeed I think this has been one of the reasons behind the success of Spice Up Your Blog.I have published many Basic Blog Tips and Video Tutorials specifically for new bloggers, along with this the steps in tutorials are usually accom [..]
Published on 2012-07-28 13:02:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jessica Simmons, Jessica looks at the fine line between making money on your blog and keeping a good reputation with your readers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Choosing between money and reputation is like choosing between meat and bread—there is fulfillment with reputation, but money offers a special kind of satisfaction.
It’s true that for a lot of blogs, the quality of the website diminishes when earning money is prioritized. Most of [..]
Published on 2012-07-27 11:50:00
This week we gave away a freebie set of 3D Social Icons with names, the social icons set was very popular with almost 500 downloads in 3 days ! At the time of writing I am using these Icons here on Spice Up Your Blog.I have the icons in the sidebar linked to our Social Profiles and Feeds, however I have added a few effects to the icons.The main effect and I have received a lot of comments and Emails on this is Css rotate.With the Css rotate when you place your cursor over each icon they spin 360 [..]
Published on 2012-07-27 08:31:00
Guest Post - Our host is Courtenay Stevens, In this post Courtenay has some great blogging tips using the example of Cake Wrecks.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Disclaimer - The author of this post and Spice Up Your Blog are not connected to Cake Wrecks in any way, they are just a good example is all.
If you haven’t already started following CakeWrecks.com, you are seriously missing out on one of the greatest blogs on the internet today. Cake Wrecks has been featured o [..]
Published on 2012-07-26 08:10:00
Guest Post - Our host is Pedro Cardoso, here Pedro looks into some of the future signals of Search Engine Optimization.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If you’ve been reading on the best practices of SEO (search engine optimization), there’s a good chance you’ve glimpsed at the industry’s mixed nature: part science, part art and part speculation. There is way too much re-hashed information out there, and the really good advice is often neglected by those not in th [..]
Published on 2012-07-25 02:22:00
The Blogger Navbar, when I first started Blogging it was somewhat of an issue.The issue wasn't is there a way to remove it, there were lots of tutorials showing how to remove the Blogger navbar.No the issue was "Are we allowed to remove the Blogger Navbar?".Many at the time feared removal could be against Blogger TOS and therefore end up in blogs being removed or accounts being closed.Blogger were always quiet on the issue but as there was never a story of a blog being effected because of re [..]
Published on 2012-07-24 09:33:00
Today we have a Freebie for all Spice Up Your Blog readers.We have designed a fantastic set of social media icons you can use on your website or blog to display your Social Profiles and Feeds.The icons have a 3D high quality design using the logo for the social sites and feeds along with the names across the icons.
One of the things I wanted to do with these icons was have the name of the service on each.While everyone is familiar with the Facebook and Twitter logos I feel some newbies online a [..]
Published on 2012-07-23 17:34:00
Bloggers are always using images and photos on their blogs so in this post we will see how you can add five different effects to those images.The neat thing about this is you just have to add some jQuery and Css to your template (We make it easy) then you can easily add from 5 hover effects to add some spice to your blog images.
Lets look through the effects and you can also check out the demo to see it in action.
The five effects will be :
Effect 1 - Popout, this is a basic pop out effect on [..]
Published on 2012-07-23 10:02:00
Guest Post - Our host is Pablo, in this post he has some tips for people starting a new blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
To me it’s still amazing that a cms like Wordpress can build you a professional looking site in a few minutes, my first site was built in Microsoft Frontpage and involved many long nights and a few tears! However just because it’s now easier to build a website doesn’t mean it’s easier to create one that is ultimately successful and makes mo [..]
Published on 2012-07-22 17:04:00
This week I got a strange email from AdSense.To give a summery they told me AdSense had been disabled on one of my sites due to copyright infringement.However the site they say they disabled AdSense on was not mine, in fact I had never seen it before ! This lead to me investigating some more and the results were surprising.
The site AdSense mentioned in the email was indeed using not only my publisher id, they were using the actual units from Spice Up Your Blog.
Why Would Someone Use Your AdSe [..]
Published on 2012-07-21 05:42:00
Guest Post - Our host is Amy Edwards, In this post Amy has listed some of her favorite new WordPress plugins.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Whether you’re an amateur blogger that’s just trying your hand at blogging because you’ve been bullied into it or you’re an experienced blogger that gets paid to blog for a living, there’s a good chance WordPress is your platform of choice.
First established in 2003 as a single piece of code to enhance the typography of e [..]
Published on 2012-07-20 12:30:00
Guest Post - Our host is Stephen Burrell, Here Stephen has tips to tackle the challenge of writing to a specific niche.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The primary goal of most blogs is to develop a loyal readership, and the best way to do that is to identify a specific audience that you want to reach and write specifically for them. You'll find that by better connecting with their needs and interests your blog is able to grow faster and your visitors are more engaged [..]
Published on 2012-07-19 20:22:00
Guest Post - Our host is Matt Powers, In this post Matt shares his Guest Posting experience with us.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
For all of us in the Internet Marketing world know by now, guest blogging is one of the few ‘white hat’ activities left we can do to gain high quality links and anchor text from sites that may not initially think to link to us. The reason webmasters are willing to link to our sites is because of the time and effort we put forth in order [..]
Published on 2012-07-19 16:46:00
Guest Post - Our host is Neil Davidson, Here using examples and studys Neil shows how video can benifit bloggers and webmasters.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
If your goal is to increase the revenue generated by your website or blog then video is a tool you should most definitely consider. Video is being used online more and more and we are reaching a stage where video is no longer a luxury; people expect it. Take the analogy of two candidates applying for the same job [..]
Published on 2012-07-19 08:40:00
A few weeks back Blogger added a permalink feature to Blogger In Draft, Blogger In Draft is like a separate dashboard they use to test new features.You may have seen some Blogger related sites write about the permalink feature at the time.I held off covering the topic until the permalnk feature was added to the main dashboard.OK, If your thinking 'Test Dashboard' and 'Main Dashboard' what's he talking about, don't worry that's not important.The main point is every blo [..]
Published on 2012-07-17 11:28:00
Guest Post - Our host is Nick Steeves, Here Nick shows us how he has managed to get huge brands promoting his content.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
So you’ve got a blog and you’re picking away at the basics - getting backlinks, optimizing your tags and meta-data and posting to but you’ve yet to see any major spikes in traffic.There are people out there with established audiences which you would love to tap into, but how? These people are bombarded with requests a [..]
Published on 2012-07-16 15:04:00
Guest Post - Our host is
Amanda DiSilvestro, in this post Amanda looks beyond Google to see how people in other country's may be searching for your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Being that Google controls nearly 60 percent of the search market, many blog owners put their focus on optimization entirely on this search engine—and rightfully so. People from all over the world use Google and translate Google results into their own language, so finding your way t [..]
Published on 2012-07-15 21:39:00
A few months back Blogger introduced a system were by Blogs using the blogspot sub domain would redirect to a country code Top Leval Domain (ccTLD) depending on which country a visitor viewed the blog from.
No need to be, basically all blogger blogs using the free blogspot domain have always been blogspot.com.So when you create your blog the URL would be for example myblog.blogspot.com and everyone who visited would be on myblog.blogspot.com.
Now for some reason Blogger have chang [..]
Published on 2012-07-15 15:01:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jane Johnson, Jane loves Blogging on the Go and in this post lists some tips and her favorite apps.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
I’m writing this blog post from a lovely little cabin on the lake. I know; I’m a lucky lady. Well I can thank my iPad for making it possible.
Today’s smart phones and mobile devices are making it possible to blog from anywhere, anytime. I take my iPad with me whenever I travel so that I can post a daily blog fr [..]
Published on 2012-07-15 09:54:00
Guest Post - Our host is Lee Ka Hoong, Here Lee looks at what he thinks are the important factors for those looking to sell a blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
For a blogger, there is nothing more important than their blog. They love it, care for it and make sure it gets the best treatment so that
Published on 2012-07-14 20:07:00
Google are working astonishingly hard to push their new(ish) social network Google+.One of the features they have implemented is the option to connect your Google+ Profile to your blog.This will in turn verify you as the author of the blog which has some advantages.Possibly the main advantages is your Google+ profile will be displayed beside your blogs on search results.
If you look at the screenshot below you can see By Paul Crowe with My Google+ profile Picture.Pretty cool and it's easy to do [..]
Published on 2012-07-14 14:25:00
Guest Post - Our host is Deepak Kamat, In this post he walks you through how to add a fixed jump to comments button on Blogger blogs.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Comments are the major way of getting feedback about our blog posts from readers, therefore comments are really an essential part of any Blog. If you are a blogger too then your always delighted to see new comments on your posts.But there are times when you don't get any comments at all, often in long pos [..]
Published on 2012-07-13 09:41:00
Guest Post - Our host is Marcela De Vivo, In this post Marcela has some fresh social media tips and ideas for you.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
After Google's Penguin update, establishing and maintaining an active social media strategy is more important than ever. Since Google uses social media markers as part of their ranking algorithm, being active in social media will not only gain you new followers and visitors, it will also increase your search engine rankings.
Published on 2012-07-12 10:18:00
Guest Post - Our host is Slavko Desik, Slavko has some great advice for Guest Bloggers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Probably all of you by now know that if you truly want to succeed in blogging, you must understand, or start to understand promotion as an inevitable part of every blogging success. That being said, you should embrace the idea of guest blogging as one of the leading ways of promoting your new brand.
Why is guest blogging so important?
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Published on 2012-07-10 07:58:00
We are over half way through 2012 so it's about time we looked at what WordPress Theme designers have been up to.At the start of the year we published the very popular 25 Best Free WordPress Themes Of 2011 this time I have listed 30 free themes for WordPress from the first half of 2012.
Click the title of each theme to see the demo and download details.
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Published on 2012-07-09 11:11:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jane Smith, here Jane shows us the advantages of having a focus on local in your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Act locally. Think globally.
The mantra made popular by the recently deceased 'Occupy Wall Street movement' is a super-hot consumer trend right now. And though some of us like to blog for fun, most of us would like to see some Benjamins thrown our way for our hard work. (Can I get an ‘Amen’!?)
Granted, there is a pro [..]
Published on 2012-07-08 11:38:00
On Spice Up Your Blog I have tutorials for lots of Social Bookmarking gadgets.We have posts showing how to add Social Bookmarking gadgets at the top of your posts, below your posts, scrolling beside your posts and in fixed positions.These are of course for readers to bookmark the content in your posts.But with so many Blogs having a focus on Images how about having the bookmarking icons appear on the actual images you have on your blog ?
People love to share images and the success of Pinterest [..]
Published on 2012-07-07 18:34:00
Guest Post - Our host is Charles Mburugu, Charles looks at how blog networks can help Bloggers.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
A blog network is simply a group of blogs which share a common theme. Some of the networks are primarily focused on promoting blogs, while others have a commercial aspect. Blog networks come in a variety of sizes and shapes, ranging from the small networks which focus on specific topics, to the large ones which cover a wide range of subjects.
Published on 2012-07-07 14:02:00
Guest Post - Our host is Samantha Peters, Here she tells us why Bloggers should be using Pinterest.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Your blog may have an obscure theme, or you may be carefully targeting a very specific niche. You may be a seasoned blogger, or you may be new to writing and managing your own blog. Your blogging goals may be purely personal, or you may blog for a living. No matter what your approach or your goals, pictures make your blog more appealing. Pint [..]
Published on 2012-07-07 10:19:00
Here on Spice Up Your Blog I have always advised (Strongly) users of Blogger to buy a domain name rather than use the free blogspot sub-domain.I have been such a strong adversary of using a custom domain a year ago I published the strong titled "Why Not Getting A Custom Domain For Your Blogger Blog Is Stupid ".I followed up that post with a Step By Step video tutorial on How to buy a custom domain and connect it to your Blogger blog.So I covered why to get a domain and how to get it.
In that vi [..]
Published on 2012-07-05 11:18:00
Although search engines will eventually find and crawl your latest blog posts there are some steps you can take to speed up the process.Simply sharing your latest posts on social networks can help as search engines can follow links on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ ect..One of the best ways to let search engines know you have updated is by Pinging them.
What Is Pinging
When you ping your latest blog post you are telling search engines directly that you have new content on your site.Most ping servi [..]
Published on 2012-07-04 09:57:00
Guest Post - Our host is Katheryn Rivas, here Katheryn has some tips on how to use Blogs as training tools.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Most of us who blog do it for various reasons, the most common of which are for the pure joy of writing or to perhaps make some money from your blog. There are tons of different uses for blogging, and I'm here going to explore one that is all-too often overlooked—using blogging as a teaching tool. Of course, for those of you who [..]
Published on 2012-07-03 17:18:00
Since Blogger launched the Dynamic Views templates I have been asked a lot of questions about making changes to the design on them.The truth is there is only so much you can do to Dynamic Views (DV) templates, personally I'm not a fan but I can see the advantages for say personal bloggers who want a stylish easy to keep blog.One question I was asked recently was "Is there a way to have the Dynamic Views sidebar always showing ?".
I looked into this as on blogs I read using the DV templates [..]
Published on 2012-07-03 14:32:00
Guest Post - Our host is Heather Smith, in this post Heather has four success tips for your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Whether you are blogging personally or for a paycheck there are 4 p’s that you should not pass over. These 4 p’s are have the potential to be positively picture-perfect for your blogging. These aren’t meant to puzzle you but help you partake in perfecting your blogging. So pencil down these notes and prepare:
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Published on 2012-07-02 12:52:00
We all have buttons to share our blogs on the main social networks, readers can easily Tweet, Like and pin posts to their followers.However MoShare has taken a differant angle to sharing content, MoShare is a Mobile Sharing service which allows users to send online content to their friends Mobile Phones.When you add the MoShare button to your blog readers can click the button add their Cell phone / Mobile Phone number, the number of friends they want to send the content to and send.With MoShare [..]
Published on 2012-06-30 20:45:00
Guest Post - Our host is Melonie McLaurin, who has some fresh blog tips to help with writing posts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Writing high quality blog posts demands a subtle blending of intuition and style. With a finger on the pulse of all that is trending, the greatest blog writers are also great blog readers. They research each site they want to write for and develop a sense of the audience’s expectations. They also have a strategy in place for fulfilling a [..]
Published on 2012-06-30 11:16:00
Guest Post - Our host is John Reynolds, John has some tips for Bloggers using Pinterest.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Pinterest is quickly growing as a social network. The site is designed line an online pin board for the user. While it may have some perception as a craft, recipe, fashion, and vacation site, it is rapidly becoming much more. The site can make for a useful marketing tool for those who understand how to use it.
Below are just five tips for success wi [..]
Published on 2012-06-29 07:43:00
I know we all like to have a unique look to our blogs and some unique icons to display our social profiles and feeds.So here I have a Subscribe and Follow section for your blog using a neat set of triangle social icons.You can add the icons with links to your feed and profiles to your sidebar on Blogger and Wordpress.
The icons are from Design Cauldron and look fantastic,Included in the gadget we have the code for are icons for your Rss Feed, Email Feed, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Pinterest A [..]
Published on 2012-06-28 10:42:00
Guest Post - Our host is Alyse Ainsworth, Alyse shows us how to Jumpstart Your New Blog in 4 Steps.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Starting a new blog is exciting and scary. On the one hand, you could be embarking on a new journey that will lead to increased exposure for your brand, on the other, you're about to crash and burn--unnoticed, no less--in some dark corner of the Internet. Realistically, you will probably do a fair amount of both. Blogging, like anything, [..]
Published on 2012-06-27 09:28:00
You know when I started Blogging like all new Bloggers I immediately wondered how will I get my blog on Google.How can I get my Blog and posts to be displayed in search results and have visitors sent by Google.Once I started to learn about how Google works and the steps I could take to help my blogs rank on Google I somehow felt like I was in a way 'Fooling Google'.By optimizing my site I was for the want of a better word 'Tricking' Google into displaying my content in their resu [..]
Published on 2012-06-26 19:07:00
Guest Post - Our host is Samantha Peters, Samantha gives up some blog success tips you need to C.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
You may be familiar with the some of the success stories of online bloggers. What is it that makes one blog successful enough to generate substantial revenue, while another sits in a dark corner unread? Most likely, the author demonstrates these five characteristics:
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Published on 2012-06-25 20:45:00
Guest Post - Our host is Shanna Mallon, Who writes about what readers are looking for from your blog posts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
There’s nothing worse than having your expectations crushed—when you come to expect a certain quality of service or product or blog and then find something else instead, it’s such a let-down. And as a blogger, you can use this fact to your advantage: meeting readers’ expectations is one of the surest ways to win them.
Do you [..]
Published on 2012-06-25 07:54:00
A friend had asked me for help implementing some social icons using a sprite technique she had seen a tutorial for on Rob Cubbon's blog.I came to her aid and the result was great and using sprites has some advantages.By using a sprite image we can easily display the icons in black and white they then change to color on hover.Also we only use one image instead of 14 which helps with the load speed of your blog.It worked so well I decided to provide the tutorial for all our readers.Once added [..]
Published on 2012-06-22 12:42:00
Guest Post - Our host is Efoghor Joseph Ezie, In this post he looks at how many Bloggers are struggling to monetize their blogs and provides some tips to help.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
You can be considered a poor blogger if you’ve been in blogging business for over six months and you cannot make at least a hundred dollars per month. If you have been investing your time, money and intellect into your business and your AdSense account is still in the reds, then yo [..]
Published on 2012-06-21 17:48:00
Guest Post - Our host is Pete Kontakos, In this post he points you in the right direction when looking to submit guest posts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Bloggers and web site owners often struggle to drive targeted traffic to their sites, part of the problem comes from having low search engine rankings and the other part of the problem is not posting on sites with value. The difference between success and failure is likely going to be the properties you choose to pu [..]
Published on 2012-06-21 08:00:00
Guest Post - Our host is Alexis Thompson, In this post she gives us an in-dept review of the new Wordpress Android App.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
So what is it like to publish a post using your mobile device? Months ago, WordPress had released their mobile application on the Android market. This greatly helped busy and on-the-go webmasters manage their blog sites and interact with their online communities. In this article, we will take you through the usability and [..]
Published on 2012-06-19 16:52:00
There have been a number of knock on effects to the recent addition of Threaded comment replies on Blogger.Basically some of the features that were available to the now old comment from no longer work or don't work in the same way.One of the things that changed since the addition of threaded comment reply option on Blogger is the 'Comment Form Message'.The comment form message for those not familiar with it is a message you can add above the comment from.Many bloggers used this to di [..]
Published on 2012-06-17 20:18:00
Guest Post - Our host is Jenny Rasmussen, who looks at Blogging and SEO in the wake of the Google Penguin algorithm change.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
With the “Penguin” update that launched on April 22, Google changed the search engine optimization (or “SEO”) game more significantly than ever before. Originally announced as a means to penalize webmasters who had over-optimized their webpages and link building efforts, the Penguin filter is now here to stay a [..]
Published on 2012-06-17 15:51:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Caeden M MacGregor, who looks at Three ways Twitter can help you find high ranking, relevant sites for gust posts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Since its launch in 2006, Twitter has been the way to communicate what you’re doing, what you’re thinking, and what you’re eating to the world. It’s true; with more than 100 million people logging on every month to tweet their pet pictures, share upcoming local events, and the latest and [..]
Published on 2012-06-16 18:10:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Kate Croston, who explains and compares link building techniques.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Link building is a pretty well-known tactic around the world of blogs and websites for being a good way to help escalate your search engine rankings and direct traffic to your blog or website. However the term “link building” is also a little vague, and there is a vast difference between two of the more common link building techniques: organic [..]
Published on 2012-06-14 09:31:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Roger Collings, who looks at the recent Google algorithm change.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
In April, Google launched the Penguin algorithm aimed to detecting and filtering out websites and blogs classified as ‘spam’ from its search results. A month later, Google released an update to the Penguin algorithm to identify and blacklist websites which violate its quality guidelines.
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Published on 2012-06-13 11:42:00
Yesterday Facebook released a very cool and multi purpose Facebook For Wordpress Plugin.Rather than simply auto posting your latest Wordpress posts to Facebook you can fully integrate your Facebook and Wordpress activity.With just a few clicks you can auto share Wordpress posts and pages to your Timeline and with Mentions you can also share them to friends timeline's.Facebook buttons and widgets can also be quickly added to your blog such as Like buttons and boxes, activity feeds, a recommend ba [..]
Published on 2012-06-11 19:29:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Brian Nixon, who looks at the darker side of SEO.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Kill your competition with negative SEO, Destroy Your Competitor, adverts selling negative SEO seems to have sprung up all over the web. So far the webmasters largely believed that while spammy backlinks wouldn’t pass on any benefit to a website, they couldn’t hurt the site either. Google Penguin, however, has changed things and it’s time to look out or [..]
Published on 2012-06-11 08:30:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Jennifer Mathews, who provides a great list of the best new Wordpress plugins for your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
A great thing about WordPress is its seemingly endless list of plug-ins, all providing some sort of enhanced functionality over the other to improve the overall web experience when it comes to blogging. Dozens of new WordPress Plug-ins are released every few days, which means that blog owners should constantly be on [..]
Published on 2012-06-10 08:54:00
Many blogs have multiple blog authors and would be classed as community blogs.If you have a community blog or would just like to invite friends and family to your blog and give them access to publish posts on Blogger it couldn't be easier.On Blogger you can add up to 100 authors to a blog and you also have two levels of access you can give to authors.Firstly you can give author access, this will give the invited author access to write and publish posts only.Secondly you can give Admin access [..]
Published on 2012-06-09 08:16:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Dana Vicktor, who looks at the pros and cons for using a pen name on your blog.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Many famous authors have used pseudonyms to write books. Samuel Clemens became Mark Twain, Stephen King became Richard Bachman and so on.
Writers have chosen to publish under pen names for a variety of reasons, from protecting their brand (such as when changing genre) to fighting discrimination (such as the many women authors wh [..]
Published on 2012-06-07 17:26:00
The ability to reply to comments on Blogger was probably the most sought after feature from Blogger users from many years.This year when the Blogger team delivered with the new Threaded comments with replies the response was obviously very positive.However the new comment format has brought with it some problems as some previous changes you may have made to your comment section may have been lost and moreover future changes would need to be coded differently.So for those of you that may have los [..]
Published on 2012-06-07 08:50:00
Guest Post - Today's host is John Page, who talks about the best choices for IOS Blogging Apps.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Do you remember those good old days when blogging was just for fun? I can hardly find a decent blog nowadays because even the best of them turn to be the part of the “industry” where practically every blogger is obsessed with earning more money from his blog instead of publishing some interesting blogs just to stimulate people for talking [..]
Published on 2012-06-05 15:31:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Marge Katherine, Marge has a fantastic fresh take on whats required to be a Blogger and here she shares how she built her blog without following the advice of Experts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
The 'experts' tell you to find a niche and stay with it as your platform. I don't have a niche but I do have a blog. And now I am part of a community of bloggers who miss me when I don't write, who lift me up when I'm down [..]
Published on 2012-06-04 18:04:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Virginia Cunningham who looks at ways to save time looking after your social media accounts.See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Updating every social media site where you have an account can be a tedious task. One way to alleviate this is to sync your social media accounts together. This will allow you to post to one site and then have it forwarded to one or more social network sites that are linked together.
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Published on 2012-06-03 09:26:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Chris who provides indept information on using the new search preferences settings on Blogger.Want to get involved ? See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
After blogger updated their interface, they added more useful features such as edit Meta tag modify crawlers and indexing, add authors, etc. This post I'm going to show you how to use blogger new crawlers and indexing feature effectively for improve your blogs SEO.
Before start this guid [..]
Published on 2012-05-31 20:10:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Harrison Kratz who provides fresh tips for writing great guest posts.Want to get involved ? See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Blogging effectively is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Guest blogging may be even tougher. When guest blogging, you have to adapt your writing and content to another source in order to appeal to a community other than your own. That said, guest blogging can be one of the most effective ways in building yo [..]
Published on 2012-05-30 09:26:00
Guest Post - Today's host is David Crawford ,Many chase the dream of becoming a professional Blogger and working full time from home David looks at how this can improve your life.Want to get involved ? See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
When I started working from home, I had many friends ask me why I was doing so. After all, we are so accustomed to heading to work each morning that for many people it seems strange that I roll out of bed, head to my little corner room, [..]
Published on 2012-05-28 07:35:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Sam Peters who looks at how you can use Pinterest to help your Blogging efforts.Want to get involved ? See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
When it comes to gaining traffic for your blog or website today, social media is key, and few are more influential than that new kid on the block, Pinterest. Pinterest has grown from an unknown site-sharing website to a networking blockbuster in a very short amount of time, and savvy bloggers are taking advant [..]
Published on 2012-05-27 06:56:00
I know how much you all like social bookmarking gadgets and widgets especially unique gadgets that can catch the eye of readers and get them bookmarking your blog.Today I have a very cool social bookmarking gadget with a stylish animated effect.With the Sassy bookmarks gadget a basic share button is placed in the corner of your blog, then on hover 6 icons for the main social bookmarking websites appear in a semicircle.The buttons that appear are for Pinterest, Google+, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr [..]
Published on 2012-05-25 12:00:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Angelita Williams who provides some tips on Password safety for your blog.Want to get involved ? See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
We all use passwords to protect our personal material on the web, from our blog content to our online financial information. Passwords are practically ingrained into our very understanding of how the web works; they’re literally the means by which we access critical information online on a daily basis. That’ [..]
Published on 2012-05-23 12:32:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Elle-Rose who looks at some of the tools you can use to manage your Social profiles.Want to get involved ? See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Managing all your social media accounts is something which can be pretty time consuming – if you’re not doing it properly. Updating regular posts is something which takes time to adjust to and work at - but something that your blog or business can really benefit from greatly. Investing your time and ef [..]
Published on 2012-05-21 19:40:00
Guest Post - Today's host is Carlina Yepinski who covers adding the personal touch your blog posts.Want to get involved ? See How To Become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
There are a variety of ways that you can work to build a readership for your blog. One aspect of blogging is attracting new readers to your blog, but an equally important one is retaining those readers, so that they become regular readers of your posts. One of the best ways you can do this is to share the stories of you [..]
Published on 2012-05-21 12:03:00
Your blog is open to readers from all corners of the world so for many it is important to offer content in the Language of the reader.Making your blog easy to translate is a great way to accommodate a global audience.There are a number of options when it comes to translation widgets and in this post we have an extensive Flag gadget.This gadget was created by Chuck at the real Blogger status and includes flags for 54 different country's or languages.This Flag translate gadget will fit nicely [..]
Published on 2012-05-20 07:35:00
Guest Post By Jalil Rehman.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Google has been launching many new services. A few days ago, It launched Google Code and provided an amazing service to the users. But it was not just over, Now it has launched the brand new Google Drive and gave users a new experience. Google Drive actually is online file-storage service like Microsoft's SkyDrive. But as expected, it comes with many amazing features. The main goal is [..]
Published on 2012-05-19 06:36:00
Guest Post By Charles Mburugu.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Nowadays, more than ever before, the Internet is intensely competitive. With hundreds of photography websites and Blogs being launched on a daily basis, it has become increasingly difficult to rank well in search engines. This is why search engine optimization is vital for the success of any website. Research has shown that search engines like Google and Yahoo account for more than [..]
Published on 2012-05-17 23:08:00
BuySellAds.Com (BSA) is by far the most popular direct advertising site for Bloggers.Recently BuySellAds updated the site to version 3 introducing not only a fresh new design but also some new options for Publishers.One of these options is to place your Marketplace page on your actual blog.The Marketplace page is the page people are directed to on BuySellAds when they click the Advertise Here banners on your site, the page displaying your available ad spots and stats.
BSA call this option the A [..]
Published on 2012-05-17 09:08:00
Guest Post By Grace Pamer.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Blogging is a phenomenon of the Internet age that has few precedents from the past. Bloggers have to come up with new ideas for articles on a regular basis, write and edit their work, and post them, ready to move on to the next blog entry. On the whole we undertake no formal training for such demands and yet the pressures can sometimes be intense. We often work in a particular niche, so [..]
Published on 2012-05-15 07:40:00
The most requested tutorial over the last few months has been for the scrolling share buttons that sit alongside posts and scroll down the page with the reader.This gadget is popular on all the top blogs and really does help increase the number of times your posts get shared on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks.Using jQuery we attach a bar to the side of your blog posts with bookmarking buttons, as the page scrolls the bar neatly follows giving readers the option to share at any time.T [..]
Published on 2012-05-14 11:35:00
Guest Post By Samantha Gray.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Deciding to start up a blog while still in college is an excellent choice—not only can it help improve your writing and communication skills as well as improve your computer skills, but a blog can also help you find a job after graduation, especially if you create a blog that's in your "niche" or " industry." For example, if you want to become a music journalist, then creating a [..]
Published on 2012-05-07 07:51:00
Guest Post By Charles Mburugu.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
A photoblog is basically a blog which does not focus on written content, but rather on photos. This is one of the best ways in which photographers can build a portfolio of their work. WordPress is a great platform which you can use to create a self-hosted blog for sharing your work. There are many web hosts that allow WordPress hosting, with some having an option of installing WordP [..]
Published on 2012-05-02 20:00:00
Guest Post By Liz Nelson.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Consider this a friendly reminder or a refresher course for your blog. There are a few common do’s and don’ts to reflect on before you blog your next entry.
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Published on 2012-05-02 06:29:00
In the last post we had a video screen cast showing how to Back Up And Restore A Blogger Template in the new Blogger design.In this post we continue with the new Blogger design tips theme and show how to delete an unwanted blog.Remember when you delete a blog on Blogger you have the option to restore it within 90 days.Check out the video below and look out for more screen casts on using the new Blogger in upcoming posts.
How To Delete A Blog On The New Blogger DesignClick Here To View Full Pos [..]
Published on 2012-04-30 10:28:00
Last week i was busy making some video screen casts with tutorials for the new Blogger design.In the next few posts i will be sharing the videos with you here on Spice Up Your Blog.Whether you like the new Interface or not we do need to familiarize ourselves with it.I'm sure as with all new Google products or updates the Blogger team will continue to make improvements.I'm certainly not over impressed with the new design and did leave feedback with 8 changes or additions I would like to s [..]
Published on 2012-04-26 16:31:00
Guest Post By Sally Shaws.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
You’re dying to blog. You’re an avid reader of other blogs and you’re aware of just how much money bloggers can make working from home, in their pyjamas; or even in the buff, if the weather is warm enough.
Or so they say. The truth of professional blogging is that it’s just like any other job; hard work. It requires dedication, some guts – you’re going it alone – and savv [..]
Published on 2012-04-25 08:35:00
Guest Post By Michael Evans.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
"Good Artists Borrow, Great Artists Steal” – definitely an inspirational quote for all those artists out there who are struggling to give their creativity wings. So, to be a great artist, you need to master the art of stealing right? Well, in the blogosphere, stealing is a dirty little word abhorred or seems to be abhorred by artists from all walks of life. So, everyone around hat [..]
Published on 2012-04-24 17:37:00
Last month Blogger added some great new search options to help your blog be indexed and rank higher in search results on Google and other search engines.Two of the main options added are Meta descriptions, a full blog description and individual posts descriptions.In the video below we show you how to set up and add meta descriptions to your blog and posts.
Blog Meta Description - This is a description of your entire blog.You use this to describe your entire blog to search engines.
Posts Meta D [..]
Published on 2012-04-22 07:36:00
Guest Post By Diana Maria.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
As an active member of various social media platforms, you would be searching effective ways to get consistent and referral traffic for your posts. Viral marketing is the way to go if you want to measure the success of your posts. But getting people to share your posts can often become a cumbersome task. One needs to get rocking on the engagement strategies amongst the followers and fan [..]
Published on 2012-04-19 08:05:00
Blogger have introduced a new way to make money with your blog.Google Affiliate Ads can be easily added to your posts to display links and image ads connected to your content.The ads run through your AdSense account, payments will be added to your AdSense account so of course you will need an AdSense account to run the Affiliate ads.The ads can be easily added via the post settings in your Blogger Post Editor.Importantly Google Affiliate ads are only available to Bloggers in the USA.The Blogger [..]
Published on 2012-04-17 21:22:00
I recently came across a set of icons i thought would be perfect for a Subscribe and Follow section on blogs.The icons have a vintage design and we have icons that will link to your Rss Feed, Email Rss Feed, Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.Just for a little extra style i added a very simple opacity effect on hover.You can download the full set of Vintage Social Icons if you would like to add more profiles.
For Blogger i have a Easy One Click add to blog link and Wordpress users can simply add [..]
Published on 2012-04-17 08:01:00
Guest Post By Grace Pamer.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
Bloggers who want to be taken seriously need to know where to find reliable information online. Linking to these sources is, after all, how your writing will be checked and trusted by your readers. Bloggers also need to know how and where they will share and crowdsource information online both in the creation of a blog and after it's completion. Other needs include SEO resources tha [..]
Published on 2012-04-15 07:34:00
Blogger introduced Threaded comment replies to all blogger blogs early in January 2012.The option to reply directly to comments on Blogger was one of the most popular requests by Blogger users.So a great update but the style of the default blogger comments is still quiet bland.In this post we have a tutorial to add some style to Blogger comments.The Css styles we are adding places the comments in a rounded speech bubble with an arrow to the authors avatar, the reply link is also highlighted.Take [..]
Published on 2012-04-13 07:57:00
Guest Post By Grace Pamer.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
When writing a post, a good rule of thumb is "if it is boring and dull to you, it will be the same for your reader." The obvious reason is because the topic is, most likely, just plain uninspiring to write about. But another reason your readers are at risk of losing interest is because your disinterest will show through in your writing.
If you've been writing wonderful, engaging po [..]
Published on 2012-04-10 16:15:00
Guest Post By Mike Sorensen.Want to get involved ? See how you can become a guest author on Spice Up Your Blog.
One of the many challenges that blog writers face is the question of how to write about technical issues for an audience that includes non-technical folks. As a blogger, you want to appeal to everyone who might read your blog, not only to those who are aficionados in a particular area. For example, I write about soundproofing technology on my blog. I need each posted article to have b [..]
Published on 2012-04-09 08:51:00
There was a time if you wanted to follow updates from your favorite blogs the only options you had were to bookmark or remember the URL and keep checking back or use the basic web feed if available.Now as a blogger it's expected to give subscription options such as Rss Feed, Email Feed and Social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Google +.Its been proven the most effective position for your subscription options is at the top of your blogs sidebar, this is above the fold and instantly visib [..]
Published on 2012-04-05 17:19:00
Guest Post By Jennifer James
Last year, the Nielsen Company reported 156 million blogs on the Worldwide Web, and Technorati, the blog search reported that bloggers were updating their sites more frequently than in previous years.Blogging is now mainstream, making it more difficult than ever to gain success in this medium.The following are real-world examples of how I garnered favorable publicity for my blog on sites like the Washington Post and MSNBC, and how I even landed a weekly radio commen [..]
Published on 2012-04-04 07:49:00
Blogger today added two new options to the gadget gallery, the gadget gallery is a collection of gadgets you can add to your blog via the "Add A Gadget" option on your blog layout page.The two new options are for the new Google +, Firstly a Google +1 button for readers to recommend your blog, and secondly a Google + badge for readers to follow your Google+ updates.
Imagine being able to share your blog with like-minded people across the web. Today we’ve made doing that easier with the introdu [..]
Published on 2012-04-03 11:37:00
A few weeks ago i published "Add An Awesome Fixed Position Slide Open Heart Bookmarking Gadget To Blogger".In this post we have the same social bookmarking gadget but this time it will not be shaped as a heart but instead an ovel egg shape.The share egg sits in the bottom corner of your blog and remains fixed as the reader scrolls the page.On hover the egg slides open to reveal bookmarking buttons for your readers to share posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Blogger, LinkedIn, Stumble Upon, Em [..]
Published on 2012-03-30 07:01:00
When checking back i was very surprised to see it was almost a year ago since Blogger introduced the new design on Blogger In Draft.April 20th 2011 to be exact as i explained in the post The New Blogger Dashboard And Design Is Live.After a few months in draft Blogger offered the option to use the new interface on the main blogger site.While some people took up the option and have become familiar with it, many including myself have continued to use the old dashboard.On the first of April however [..]
Published on 2012-03-27 09:42:00
Guest Post By Johan Hedin, See How You Can Become A Guest Author .
We hear the entire buzz about getting back links over the web, but why are links so important to gain higher search engine rankings? First of all, links allow the search engines to find and index your website in the search engine databases. Second, high quality links help drive direct traffic and give the search engines an indicator of the importance of your website. The amount, the quality (trust), and the relevance of back lin [..]
Published on 2012-03-23 08:36:00
Blogger have upped the game in regards to SEO (Search Engine Optimization) by introducing a number of options to make Blogger hosted blogs perform better in search results.The big changes include the option to easily add a blog description that search engines will crawl allowing you to tell them what your blog is about, even better is the option to add a short description to each individual post.Adding tags to your images has been made easier so they will perform better in search results and the [..]
Published on 2012-03-16 11:59:00
In the last post guest author Christine Kane told us Why Pinterest Is The Best New Way To Promote Your Blog.With that in mind it makes sense to make it as easy as possible for visitors to your blog to Follow your pins and Pin your content.So in this post i have some cool Pinterest follow icons and pin it buttons that will work on Blogger blogs, I say this as the buttons from the Pinterest Goodies page will not work on Blogger.You can also use a very useful Wordpress Plugin to have the Pin It But [..]
Published on 2012-03-14 07:46:00
Guest post by Christine Kane.
For all of you cave-dwellers out there, Pinterest is the biggest new thing. The idea is surprisingly simple. An online collection of your favorite images and photos in one convenient location. All you have to do is put the ‘pin it’ button on your toolbar and as you surf the web, any photo you see can be saved easily, quickly, and, best of all to bloggers, keeps the original source with it.
Just that alone would be enough to have bloggers everywhere tittering in [..]
Published on 2012-03-07 08:44:00
In this post i want to show you a cool new way to have visitors sharing your blog posts.Share This has always been my Bookmark tool of choice and recently they added a cool new interactive Bookmarking gadget.The gadget in question is a love heart with the share this logo and on hover the heart splits to reveal a selection of bookmarking buttons.It looks awesome and the slide effect is very cool while still being practical.When the heart opens it reveals icons for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Li [..]
Published on 2012-03-06 13:31:00
All Bloggers know how important it is to make it a easy as possible for readers to subscribe to the latest updates from their blog.At one time the Rss feed was the only option offered but now people like to stay updated via Facebook, Twitter and more recent social networks like Google+ (Plus) and Pinterest.Offering more subscription options in more areas on your Wordpress Blog just makes sense.In this post I have listed 10 Free Wordpress Plugins that will allow you to do just that.
10 Free Subs [..]
Published on 2012-03-03 09:51:00
Guest Post By Rachel Hyun Kim
Stuck on ideas? Running out of inspiration? This problem is a common one for bloggers, who often must juggle between producing quality content and a strict content schedule. Regardless of whether your blog has a weekly or daily content schedule, it is important to maintain it with consistent blog posts. If not, a blog with prolonged inactivity may lead to consequences, such as the loss of readers and traffic.
5 Tips for Frustrated BloggersClick Here To View Full Po [..]
Published on 2012-03-01 07:02:00
Today i want to bring you another neat Image slideshow for Blogger users.The slide show is simple to add to your blog, looks great and has some neat options.The width can be changed to the size of the area you want it placed on your blog, captions can also be added to the images.Once on your blog it will auto scroll through your images and also has controls for the user to manual scroll.This will look great on Photography Blogs, Business Blogs or for anyone looking to display some cool pics.
Published on 2012-02-28 17:37:00
Guest Post By Brian Martinowich.
One of the biggest hurdles encountered by beginning bloggers is increasing blog traffic above a few dozen daily page views. Producing content for a small audience is frustrating, especially when you're unsure whether your efforts will ever be appreciated. Even more experienced bloggers who have more than 1,000 daily readers can find themselves on a plateau and in need of some tactics to kick their traffic up to the next level.
Blogs with several hundred thou [..]
Published on 2012-02-28 03:45:00
Blogger launched Dynamic Views templates in March last year.Dynamic Views work great on some blogs but they are not for everyone, one of the features lacking was a sidebar for gadgets.Today Blogger have gone some way towards fixing this with a slide out sidebar.The sidebar is docked on the side of the page and appears on hover.Not all gadgets can be added, at the moment gadgets supported in Dynamic Views include: Blog Archive, Followers, Labels, Profile, Subscribe (a new gadget - automatically p [..]
Published on 2012-02-27 08:08:00
Guest Post By Grace Pamer.
Most article writers produce content for the Internet, and Internet readers are notoriously hurried. If your writing fails to grab and retain their attention, you lose your readership within the count of five. Really! The following are six simple rules that help a writer engage their audience and keep them reading.
Expert Writers are Always Avid Readers
Writing is an art. Just imagine being a painter who sees only your own work, or a musician that never listens to ot [..]
Published on 2012-02-21 09:49:00
I have had a few requests for a tutorial on adding text re size buttons to posts on Blogger.I checked out a number of scripts and styles before settling on the one i have for you today.Using some simple jQuery and some colorful icons in a table we can create a stylish text resize section and float them on the corner of posts.The gadget has three buttons to increase text size, decrease text size and a reset button along with the standard text resize icon.
Take a look at the demo below :
Published on 2012-02-17 07:22:00
Guest Blogging has become hugely popular over the last few years.It is also hugely beneficial for both the guest submitting the post and the blogger publishing the post.The main benefit for the guest blogger lies in their work being shown to a new and often larger audience and of course those ever so valuable backlinks in the author bio section at the foot of their post.Indeed many articles have been written on the benefit of becoming a guest author and strategies in writing and submitting guest [..]
Published on 2012-02-15 06:18:00
One Wordpress feature i really like that is not available on Blogger is last post, next post links at the foot of the page with the actual titles of the posts they link to.On Blogger we have got Newer Post, Older Post links but the title of the post is not shown.I feel these links would get a super increase in clicks if the titles were connected.With simply "Newer" and "Older" people don't know what they are clicking the titles will catch the eye and thus entice more clicks.The knock on effe [..]
Published on 2012-02-11 10:02:00
Add Rainbow Links To Your BlogClick Here To View Full Post >>This is a post from Spice Up Your Bl [..]
Published on 2012-02-10 07:26:00
Almost very blog and website online have Social Bookmarking options for readers to share content on their favorite social networks.Some go with the simple Facebook and Twitter buttons below posts while others offer more networks in various positions on the page.For Wordpress users there are a countless number of plugins available to make their blog more social.In this post we have 12 of the best free Social Bookmarking plugins for Wordpress users.
12 Social Bookmarking Plugins For WordpressClic [..]
Published on 2012-02-07 16:53:00
I'm sure you will all have noticed the effect i have added to the BuySellAds.Com ad banners on this blog.I think the effect is awesome and brings more attention to the ads which keep our advertisers happy.The first time i seen this type of effect was on the awesome Css Tricks by Chris Coyier.With the help Of Harish from Custom Blogger Templates and Way2Blogging i managed to get a version for this blog.I have had many requests for the code in the past but as the idea was originally from Chris [..]
Published on 2012-02-06 09:08:00
I know all bloggers and webmasters keep an eye on their sites Google Page Rank.In short Page Rank is an indication of how Google rank your site in a scale from 1 to 10.Check out a previous post with more on Google Page Rank.We have been expecting a Page Rank update by the end of January start of February and i can confirm today that update has started.This site has seen a page rank increase from 4/10 to 5/10, i know this only happened today from a stats on our BuySellAds.
How To Check Your Blog [..]
Published on 2012-02-05 14:18:00
Guest Post By William Taylor.
Smart phones are creating a large scene in the mobile Internet industry. At least seven out of ten viewers are browsing the Internet on their smart phones. Due to this, it is widely suggested that websites create a mobile Internet version of their site. The kind folks at WordPress.com are giving their users a chance to upgrade their Wordpress account to be more mobile Internet friendly. In just a few simple and easy steps, Wordpress users can have their Wordpress a [..]
Published on 2012-02-01 11:50:00
Over the years on Spice Up Your Blog i have found Social Bookmarking gadgets to be amongst the most popular posts.Whats more the most popular Bookmarking gadgets have been from the "Sharing Is Sexy" series.Back in May 2011 we published a post with The Awesome Complete Animated Sexy Social Bookmarks V3 For Blogger, that post really did cover all options.Today i want to give you something similar but with some cool extras.The Shareaholic bookmarking widget still has the "Drop Down" and "Slide Up" [..]
Published on 2012-01-27 01:00:00
Last September i published a post showing How to add a one time Email Rss subscription pop up on Blogger.Since then i have had a number of requests for a similar gadget but with a Facebook page like box instead of the Email form.So in this post we have just that.When a visitor lands on your blog a pop up box will appear with the option to like your Facebook page.The gadget will only appear on the first visit so your readers or you wont have to see it every time.
Click Here To View Full Post >>Th [..]
Published on 2012-01-26 10:36:00
Guest Post By Alfred Richards
WordPress is an open source blogging website that appeals to bloggers of all kinds for the many different features the website has to offer. Hackers have become increasingly common over the past few years and many people don’t secure their WordPress blog until it’s too late. Chances of an unsecured blog being attacked by a hacker are high. Many people don’t realize the extent of the damage that a hacker could cause. A blogger’s work can be completely destr [..]
Published on 2011-07-05 11:45:00
I'm sure you will have noticed the new Google design as covered in the post Evolving the Google design and experience on the official Google blog.While the changes have been subtle some stand out like the new sleek search bar on results pages.The
Published on 2011-07-04 11:34:00
In the comments here on Spice Up Your Blog when i as the admin or author, post a comment in the bottom corner there is a sparkling animated badge with the word 'Admin'.I have received so many requests to cover this in a tutorial so today i wi
Published on 2011-07-01 10:30:00
I have had a lot of requests for a tutorial on creating a simple easy to use drop down menu for Blogger.There are literally thousands of drop down menus around with different styles and functions.However i want to have something that is easy to imple
Published on 2011-06-28 11:09:00
You may have noticed Social Bookmarking Buttons or Icons in a fixed or hovering position that scroll with the page on many of the blogs you visit.This type of Fixed Bookmarking widget has become very popular and can get more people sharing your conte
Published on 2011-06-27 17:05:00
Google today updated their page rank (PR) or the so called toolbar page rank.Page rank is basically a signal of how important any given page is in Googles eyes.Page rank goes from 0 (zero) to 10 (Ten) with 10 being the highest thus the best.The page
Published on 2011-06-26 11:07:00
In this post i have a really cool Blog Design Tip to spice up the lists on your blog.When you create an ordered list, items in the list are numbered, and in an unordered list items have what is called a bullet point.What we will do in this post is re
Published on 2011-06-24 08:01:00
This is a guest post by Charlie Carey.
In a world where Google search rules the blogosphere, and where we often obsess over the smallest changes to the homepage, the most important thing is often ignored. What is this magic ingredient, you ask? What
Published on 2011-06-22 10:05:00
In this Video Post we look at a feature of Facebook some of you may not know, I didn't know myself until recently.Most of you will have a Facebook Fan Page or Like Page for your Blog and If you have not you should create a fan page for your blog.Did
Published on 2011-06-21 11:51:00
Last weekend i published two Blogger Tips on using a custom domain instead of the blogspot sub domain on your blog.The first post covered why in my opinion your must switch from the Blogspot sub domain to a Custom domain and the second showed exactly
Published on 2011-06-20 12:09:00
Over the last few weeks i have published some cool jQuery Gadgets and Widgets for your Blogs.In this post i have taken the jQuery Easy Slider, a stylish slide show with some neat options and turned it into a kinda mini slider with the option to go la
Published on 2011-06-18 09:00:00
This week we looked at using custom domains on Blogger Blogs, why you should get a custom domain and the steps to buy and connect a custom domain on Blogger.Those posts have been popular and I'm delighted to see many of you have took my advice and bo
Published on 2011-06-16 04:28:00
Blogger and Google Chrome today made a 'Blog This' extension available for the Google Chrome Browser.Blog This lets you instantly share any web page on your blog.Once Downloaded simply clicking the Blog This icon in the browser address bar wi
Published on 2011-06-15 09:38:00
In the last post i told you how i though Not having a custom domain on your blog was stupid.For me getting rid of the blogspot sub domain is very important.In this post i want to show you exactly how to get a custom domain directly from Blogger.When
Published on 2011-06-15 07:34:00
In this post we want to look at custom domains and using a custom domain on Blogger instead of the blogspot sub domain.When you start your free blog on Blogger you choose a free sub domain like spiceyourblog.blogspot.com.This is the address of your b
Published on 2011-06-14 14:27:00
A recent Email i received asked about two of my other blogs and how i had managed to place a list of labels across five columns in the footer.The two blogs in question are gallery's for Blogger Templates and Social Icons, as they are gallery'
Published on 2011-06-12 09:21:00
In this blog tip we will look at a quiet simple way to add captions or descriptions to the images used on your blog.On Blogger there is an option when you click on an image uploaded to the post editor to add a caption.This adds the caption below the
Published on 2011-06-10 09:54:00
In this Blog Tip i will show you how you can have your posts automatically Bookmarked on Social Bookmarking website Delicious.Delicious is a very popular social bookmarking site used to store bookmarks of your favorite pages online.Delicious was boug
Published on 2011-06-09 14:27:00
Share This is a very popular service offering multiple Social Bookmarking Widgets for blogs and websites.The green Share This icon is a familiar sight on many of the top blogs opening up a wide range of options for readers to Bookmark and share the c
Published on 2011-06-08 21:00:00
One of the things that can give a blog more of an identity and a brand is a logo that people will come to associate with the blog.In the same way we become used to seeing the logo of a blog also used as the favicon.Favicons are an important part of h
Published on 2011-06-07 10:43:00
One of the popular features of Blogger Blogspot Templates is the Featured Post Slider or Slideshow Carousal.Not too long ago a very plain Image Slider was the best you could hope for and you were lucky to even get that.However now with so many awesom
Published on 2011-06-06 11:33:00
I recently realised i had not covered navigation menus too much in our Blogger Tips on Spice Up Your Blog.I Guess most custom templates already have a menu and templates from the template designer have tabs enabled which will turn a link list or page
Published on 2011-06-04 13:43:00
The Followers Gadget from Google Friend Connect is very popular and one of the most popular ways especially on Blogger for people to follow their favorite blogs.By default you can only add one followers gadget to your blog via 'Add A Gadget'
Published on 2011-06-02 06:51:00
Google have been experimenting with their +1 (Plus One) button for a while and today they released it for websites and blogs.The plus one button lets you recommend things you like to friends and they will see your recommendations in Google search res
Published on 2011-05-31 17:29:00
Twitter developers today released a brand new shiny follow button for Blogs and Websites.The new Twitter follow button has dispensed with the pop up window to view the profile of the user in order to click Follow.Now when added to your blog as long a
Published on 2011-05-31 10:33:00
A few weeks ago i told you how i managed to get my mistakenly closed AdSense account reopened.In that post i mentioned how, ironic as it seemed at the time while my AdSense account was closed i received a booklet from Google AdSense with some tips to
Published on 2011-05-30 07:42:00
A few weeks ago i published a very popular post featuring an Amazing jQuery Image Zoom For Blogger.That effect allowed you to display an in dept zoom in a container beside images.In this post we have the same in dept zoom but this time it appears wit
Published on 2011-05-29 05:27:00
This week with the design change here on SUYB i have been going through some of the archive and updating older posts.I needed to update the design of some of the posts and in some cases the content itself.You know there is some really cool posts from
Published on 2011-05-27 11:00:00
The Sexy Bookmarks range so called as the very first gadget had the 'Sharing Is Sexy' message is probably the most eye catching Bookmarking Widget available.On Spice Up Your Blog i have covered a few versions and even used the Arrow Messages to creat
Published on 2011-05-26 16:56:00
In this post we have a quick simple tip showing you how to change the size of your Blogger profile picture as it appears in the about me gadget on your blog.By default the image is quiet small around 80x80 pixels, By adding piece of css to your blog
Published on 2011-05-25 08:16:00
Email subscriptions are an option every blogger simply must provide and there is one service that dominates Email Rss.The Google owned feedburner does it better that anyone else.In this post we are looking at how you can get the most from the Email F
Published on 2011-05-24 13:10:00
Recently we have been looking at the images you use in your blog and making them display better and more interactive.This has included an Image Zoom Effect and Featured Image Slideshow.In this post we will cover perhaps the more popular image plugin.
Published on 2011-05-23 08:05:00
Over the last few years there has been a bit of a mini war between the top bookmarking widget services.Sites like Share This, Add This, Add To Any And more have been fighting for the top spot among users (Did you know the Add This Bookmark page is on
Published on 2011-05-21 18:10:00
Earlier this week i brought you a very cool jQuery Featured Image Slider that can slide images and videos.In that post i explained how i hadn't covered featured sliders or slideshows too much but was gonna make up for it.So here we have another
Published on 2011-05-21 14:40:00
A comment on a recent post asked 'Please write a post showing how to have a subscribe section below posts but not on the read more page'.By read more page the commenter meant the home page and unfortunately although it was a genuine comment t
Published on 2011-05-20 13:37:00
We all add links to different pages both within our blogs and externally to other sites.But what about creating a link within a page, a link from one point on a page to another.This is something i often see in Help or FAQ pages, a list of the most co
Published on 2011-05-19 11:46:00
Blogger today released a brand new gadget to the gadget directory, it's a Google Checkout Tip Jar.Many blogs have a donate button on their blog usually from PayPal that allows readers to show their appreciation so it's not a new concept but a Google
Published on 2011-05-18 16:10:00
A blog i was working on had a minimalist design and the author wanted all the text to be lowercase.This is something you see on some blogs and websites and i quiet like it, it has the 'less is more' thing going on.Now having the posts text, t
Published on 2011-05-18 08:30:00
In a recent post i showed you how to have your blogs labels displayed in a drop down menu.A comment from APF in that post remarked "I'd prefer to see a drop-down that honors the limit (in my case, 1) number of posts per screen I've set f
Published on 2011-05-17 13:25:00
Featured Sliders also known as Slideshows, Image Sliders, Featured Posts Sliders and Carousels are very popular among bloggers.They can be used to link to featured content in your blog or just as an image carousel for your pictures.I have not really
Published on 2011-05-15 20:49:00
A question i was asked this week was 'I notice a big empty gap below the comment form on my blog.There is a big space between the comment form and the older posts, home and newer posts links, is there a way to remove it ?'.The problem is in t
Published on 2011-05-14 13:27:00
Blogger reported blogs were Read Only for 20.5 hours, gotta admit it felt like longer.During this time you couldn't access your blogger dashboard and your blogs comment form was also inaccessible.This was a pain but hey, Bloggers record when it comes
Published on 2011-05-12 09:07:00
On the recent post showing how to Display A Default Avatar For Anonymous Comments a comment by RedCherii asked "How do you put those little icons beside your post details (author, date, label) and make them appear below your post title?".Th
Published on 2011-05-10 15:07:00
Many of the latest posts have been looking at Css effects and Image effects so in this post we will continue with the images but bring some jQuery into the mix.If your a beginner thinking whats he talking about don't worry we will have all the st
Published on 2011-05-09 14:40:00
We all like images effects and adding some style to the pictures we use in our blogs posts.Some effects can be quiet elaborate (I have the very cool light box effect just about ready to publish) but sometimes a simple hover effect looks great.In a re
Published on 2011-05-08 23:08:00
On Saturday last (30/04/11) i clicked the AdSense icon in my bookmarks toolbar as i do most days to see how my ads were performing (Don't you find checking your blogs stats and AdSense addictive?).This time however instead of going to my AdSense
Published on 2011-05-06 13:50:00
The other day i posted 3 very cool sets of icons you could use to let people subscribe to your Rss Feed, Twitter and Facebook Page.In that post i gave you the code for the icons ready to use, you just had to add your URLs then copy and paste.Two of t
Published on 2011-05-05 13:05:00
The Tooltip has become a common resource and is used by all the major sites to describe a link or give more help and information on a section of text.Often when using Google products you will see a small question mark that you can hover over to see a
Published on 2011-05-03 21:15:00
This week while doing a few jobs on blogs i added some very cool subscription icons to the sidebars.The icons link to the Rss Feed and Facebook and Twitter profiles for the blog.Pop the new Blogger Follow By Email Form gadget below the icons and you
Published on 2011-04-30 17:55:00
In November last year (2010) i was excited to show you a way to display search results from the AdSense for Search, Search bar Within your blogger blog.This is something we see on all the top websites and Blogs but was not really an option on Blogger
Published on 2011-04-29 06:36:00
Most blogs now have an 'About Me' or 'About Us' page.The days of using pen names and writing your blog anonymously are all but gone.Readers of your blog are interested in who you are and by being open you create a level of trust betwe
Published on 2011-04-26 09:49:00
Facebook have just created a brand new shiny button you can add to your blog for people to share your content.The button was released just today so it's not even a day old and you can be one of the first to have it on their blog, Yep people will
Published on 2011-04-24 17:02:00
In the comments for my Recent Post about the New Blogger Design And Dashboard Going Live Ahmad Nuzul Asked "Can u make a post on how to make a custom avatar for anonymous comments? Thanks.".
No Problem ! In this post i will show you how
Published on 2011-04-22 08:13:00
Many of you will be familiar with desktop gadgets on windows vista and windows 7 and you may have visited the Windows Live gadget gallery.Gadgets such as Games that you can play on your desktop are very popular along with gadgets you may also use on
Published on 2011-04-21 07:20:00
Google originally made its name by using a Page rank system based on links throughout the web to return relevant search results to users.Although there were many search engines available before Google the page rank system simply returned better resul
Published on 2011-04-19 21:38:00
Blogger today announced they have started the release of the New design Blogger Dashboard and User Interface Design.The release at first will be on Blogger In Draft, Quiet common for new releases but it will also be added to only some accounts at fir
Published on 2011-04-19 09:55:00
In this post we are going to see how to add a really cool envelope image behind your Blog Comment Form.The envelope image will blend in with the comment form itself along with the Post A Comment Message, Post Comment and Preview Buttons and subscribe
Published on 2011-04-18 14:56:00
Although we mainly focus on Blogger here when it comes to gadgets and templates we have lots of readers that also use Wordrpress.In fact i get lots of Emails asking questions relating to Wordpress Blogs and on our Blogger templates site BestBloggerTe
Published on 2011-04-16 20:38:00
In this post we have a fun effect you can add to the links in your blog labels list.This trick has been around for a while and i have been using it on some other blogs.The effect is created using jQuery and basically when a visitor places their curso
Published on 2011-04-14 14:05:00
Over the last year i have been offering my services to work on your Blogs.The response has been amazing and i have had a lot of fun working on Blogs with Bloggers from all around the world.It has also been great to get such positive feedback and lets
Published on 2011-04-13 17:25:00
I'm sure you all have noticed the feed links below the posts on Blogger with the "Subscribe To Posts Atom" message.To be honest i don't care for them and many other blogger users seem to feel the same, Atom lost the war with Rss and
Published on 2011-04-12 18:29:00
In the last post i showed you how to use custom fonts on custom blogger templates.In that post we added some cool fonts to the Blog Title, Post Titles and Sidebar Titles.In this post we will add fonts to the main text in your post and the titles you
Published on 2011-04-11 18:17:00
Back in January this year (2011) Blogger added 77 very cool fonts to the Blogger template designer.The fonts they added were from the Google Web Fonts directory and included some awesome bold fonts, handwriting fonts and fun fonts that could give you
Published on 2011-04-08 19:42:00
You may have noticed I'm back making some video tutorials and the last few posts on Spice Up Your Blog have included videos.Over the last few months i have been making videos for an Ebook I'm working on so had been slacking off on creating tuto
Published on 2011-04-07 06:51:00
Back in January 2010 i wrote a post showing you how to Remove the labels message on Blogger, The message in question reads "Showing newest posts with label YOURLABEL. Show older posts".Lots of people don't like this message or see the purpose of it s
Published on 2011-04-05 14:07:00
On Spice Up Your Blog i use screenshots in nearly every post to make it easier for people to follow tutorials.In the past i have used a FireFox Add-On to take the screenshots but now i use a great tool built into Windows 7 and Windows Vista called Sn
Published on 2011-04-04 16:32:00
Back In January 2010 i wrote a post showing you how to use a different background color and text color on comments by the blogs author.This is a great way for readers to quickly find comments you make on your blog such as replies or extra information
Published on 2011-04-01 11:12:00
Guest Post - In this post Dasari Harish will show you how to have a stunning Twitter bird Fly around your blog pages, landing randomly in view of visitors to Share your posts and Follow you.
"Twitter", is one of the most popular Social networking si
Published on 2011-03-31 12:59:00
Blogger today launched 5 new templates that can totally transform how people view your blog.
"...These new views use the latest in web technology, including AJAX, HTML5 and CSS3, to deliver a host of benefits to you and your readers : Infinite scro
Published on 2011-03-30 07:00:00
In this post i have an Exciting New, Extremely Easy and Professional way for you to make your blog posts available to print and download in PDF (Portable Document Format).We will add from a choice of neat buttons to your posts that readers can click
Published on 2011-03-28 18:05:00
Guest Post - By Kitty Holman.
When we blog, we must try to create a thriving blogging community. In other words, it's important that we can access a network of like-minded bloggers who can help us if we need help and vice versa. In this case, bl
Published on 2011-03-27 06:41:00
In this post we have not only an amazing effect you can add to the images you use in your blog posts but it's amazingly simple and amazingly fast so wont slow down you page load time.The effect is similar to what you will see on many Featured Pos
Published on 2011-03-24 16:17:00
In this post we will look at BuySellAds.Com (BSA), a site that makes selling direct advertising on your blog quick and easy while leaving you in control.I also have a short interview with Founder and CEO Todd Garland, Todd took the time to answer a f
Published on 2011-03-23 06:03:00
Today as i was replying to the Emails from my contact form i got a bit of a surprise.One Email asked "I like to add Facebook share and tweet buttons to my blog post same like your blog (share and tweet buttons at the beginning of the post text). than