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I’ve learned a lot over the last year of blogging and would like to pass those tips on to you…

~There is a very helpful tutorial for creating your own blog button at Between Naps on the Porch.

~Your photos can make or break your post.  Both Donna at Funky Junk Interiors and Aimee at It’s Overflowing share great tips and tutorials on photography.

~The first party I ever linked up to was at The Lettered Cottage. Thankfully, Layla offered easy instructions on how to link up to a party.

Scroll down until you see the little, blue “Add Your Link” button. Click that, and follow the instructions on the page you’re redirected to. The instructions involve uploading a thumbnail image and creating a title for the image you’re using. You may want to title it with the name of your blog, or with the title of your Spring mantel/ledge/shelf display post, but it’s totally up to you. (Note: make sure to link to your Spring Fling post- not to the main page of your blog.)

~Debbie at Debbiedoo’s Blogging and Blabbing shares her wisdom on why watermarking your photos is so important and gives a great tutorial on how to watermark.

~My top referrer is “search engines.”  Improve your SEO by tagging the photos in your posts with key words.  You can do this by giving your file a name when you save photos to your computer or by giving your photo a title when you download it to your post.  Also be sure to assign labels or categories to each post.

~Publicize your posts on Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Tumblr, Stumble Upon or any other social media that you regularly use.  Wordpress will automatically do that for you if you connect your blog to social media networks.  In your Dashboard, choose “settings”, then select “sharing” and follow the directions.

~Create a Facebook fanpage for your blog to interact with your readers.  This helps develop authentic rapport.

~Be sure that you click the little box that says “open link in new window/tab” when creating links in the body of your posts.  That way people aren’t taken away from your blog when they click on a link.

~Include links to past blog posts in new posts.  This improves the chances of a visitor spending more time on your blog.

~Try not to fret too much over the ought nots and ought to’s of blogging.  It can rob your joy.  At the end of the day, if you’re proud of your blog, then that’s all that matters.

Until next time,

Sharon

I’m linking to:

Gold Medal Blogging tips @ On Sutton Place

Tips and Tutorials @ Home Stories A to Z

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