Tips From Other Bloggers

August 22, 2014
As a blogger, I learn as I go!  Besides Googling random articles, one of the best resources has been the knowledge and expertise of other bloggers, so today I wanted to share what I've learned.



* If it weren't for Kathy @ Vodka & Soda, my font would still be way too small.  I had my font set to "normal," so I didn't even think twice about it until Kathy wrote that reading smaller fonts hurt her eyes.  She put an example of what she thought was too small and when I looked at it, it was similar to the font size I was using.  Oops!  Now I changed my font to large because no one should have to strain their eyes to read a blog.

* When Ash @ The Grits Blog was designing my blog, she created a section of categories for my posts.  I saw how some other bloggers were labeling their posts, but never knew how it was done.  Because of Ash, I figured out that all I had to do was click "Labels" under my post settings, type in the label I wanted to use and press save.  It's so nice to have all of my travel posts in one spot, as well as all of my posts on blogging/Savannah/food easily accessible with a click of a button!  

* In April, I tried installing Disqus onto my blog several times and it never worked.  I even messaged Disqus about it, but was told that there was something wrong with Blogger and to contact Google.  I gave up and never looked back into trying to install Disqus because I reasoned that I might get fewer comments, anyway.  It wasn't until I read this post by Becca @ Becoming Adorrable that I changed my mind.  I've only been using Disqus for a couple of days now, but I already know that it was the right move to make!  One of the reasons why is because although I respond to every comment on my blog, I didn't always copy & paste my response and send it out in e-mail form to those who commented.  I like how Disqus takes care of that aspect for me.

* This next tip also comes from Becca.  When Rachael held her Sip and Share a few weeks back, Becca asked the other bloggers present if they preferred in-text links to open a new window or to re-direct you to the new page altogether.  The consensus was that a new window popping up was preferable because then your blog is still open for your readers.  I never even considered that, hadn't been doing it, and realized it is SUCH an easy fix.  I'm actually a little embarrassed that I didn't know this already!  On Blogger, all you have to do to have a new window open up is go to where it says Link, click it so the Edit Link box comes up, and then check the box that says, "Open this link in new window." Now I don't feel like some readers are getting "taken away" from my blog if they click on a link.  

* I've never interacted with Dana @ Wonder Forest personally, but her post titled, "How To Set Up a Custom Domain in Blogger" helped me immensely when I was trying to figure out how to switch over from my blogspot.com name to the .com name I purchased from Go Daddy.  If you are looking into doing the same, her post is an excellent resource and has pictures to help with all the steps.  

* Another post that was helpful to me was this one by Paulina @ Color Me Brave.  I do have a "good" camera (nothing super fancy, but something that takes higher quality pics than my I-phone would), but I don't always have a picture suitable for every post.  Paulina came up with a list of sites that offer free stock photos so that I am able to find a photograph, use it in my blog post, and not have to worry about copyright infringement!

* This week, I stopped over at The Darling Daily and commented on a post of Ashliegh's.  She responded and I mentioned that I never made a penny off of my blog and was going to look into a way to monetize it.  I never tried to do this before because I was always too busy, but since I'm not working, I figured that any small amount would help.  Ashliegh suggested that I start by using ShopSense.  So far I made 30 cents, but I'm seriously so excited about that 30 cents, lol.  I think ShopSense will work well with my blog because I write posts about my favorites or make wish lists on here, so why not get paid a few cents when someone clicks on a link I would incorporate into my post anyway?  No, I don't expect to make big bucks at all, but every tiny bit helps!

* Last month, I sponsored Samantha @ The Samantha Life's blog and instead of just getting an ad space, Samantha offered to take a look at my blog and offer any suggestions/answer any questions I had.  One of her tips for me was to make my blog more visually appealing by using the same sized pictures within a post.  That was definitely a good piece of advice and one I'm trying to work on!  

* My friend Nancy and I were texting a few days ago and she suggested that I take a look at Blogger's Closet, which I had never heard of.  She found a cute purse on there that she got a good deal on, and the money she spent goes directly to a fellow blogger, win-win!  

What are some tips you've received from other bloggers?  



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Kathy@Vodka and Soda said...

all great tips! the font thing was a big one for me because it was such a struggle to read awesome blogs with tiny font so i had to jack up the zoom to 1000% which then made the layout look all weird!! so thanks for adjusting your font size :)

Kaelene Spence said...

Love the new name and design! These are some great tips. Switching to Disqus was such a great decision, it made responding to my comments so much easier!

Lisa K said...

Thanks!! It was time for a blog makeover. Responding to comments is SO much easier with Disqus and now my sis might be able to comment through her Facebook account, which was not an option before.

Lisa K said...

Thanks for pointing it out in a post--your frustration is totally understandable!

Claire Adams said...

I love the idea of ShopSense - I'm going to check it out today! Thanks for sharing!

Kallie said...

Such great tips, it's true i get all my best tips from fellow bloggers, too!

Lisa K said...

Ashleigh was right--it's a good way to start and not too overwhelming!

Lisa K said...

Thank goodness for their help...I wouldn't want to see the state of my blog otherwise!

Paulina Dombrowski said...

Love the feathers! When did this happen and how did I miss it? Or maybe I just haven't noticed. I blame going on vacation. I am so behind now.

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

I am checking out Shop Sense now. Cool idea!

Lisa K said...

I like that you get paid per click...the only bad thing is that I think you have to have $100 built up before a payout and that might take awhile.

Yvonne Rhinehart said...

I really love Blogger's Closet so many great things there.

Lisa K said...

I can't believe I just now found out about it!

Olivia said...

These are great tips!! I need to figure out how to download Disqus

Krista Ketterhagen said...

I love this!!!!!!

Zoe Diaz-McLeese said...

These are great tips! I always reply to everyone's comments on my blog, but I want them to know that I replied... so now I'm going to try and install Disqus. Thank you! :)

xo,
Zoe | La Vie en Zoe

Lisa K said...

It's not too hard now that Blogger fixed whatever the issue was before.

Lisa K said...

:) Hopefully something I mentioned can help you out!

Lisa K said...

That's exactly why I installed it and no problem. :)

alyssa said...

Ah! SO happy I found this. And I really want Disqus too. Perhaps I'll make that switch this week. :)

Rebecca B. Bird said...

Great post! I don't know if I've ever asked another blogger directly for advice, but occasionally I'll do a google search when I can't figure out how to do some obscure thing in Blogger. To all the bloggers out there who write posts that address such issues: Thanks! :)

Katie L said...

Oh, wow! Thank you so much for all of this advice, it is so helpful! (For instance, I have a normal-sized font and never thought about the issue of font size before.) Until now I had never heard of Disqus before, either. Now I am going to have to find it and figure out how I go about installing it. :)

Great post!!
xoxo,
Katie
http://welcometothewackadoodles.blogspot.com/

Paris said...

What a great list! Thank you so much for sharing!

Neatly-Packaged said...

Some excellent tips!! :) I love how the blogging community is so helpful!


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erica acevedo said...

Great tips in here!! I love me some Disqus!!

Lisa K said...

I'm just glad that other bloggers helped me out so that I could pass the info. along! :)

Lisa K said...

You are quite welcome!

Lisa K said...

Yes, most bloggers are willing to help if you ask. :)

Samantha Curtis said...

These are all great tips! Thank you for sharing!

Jenn said...

Great tips! I've been thinking about switching to Disqus from the standard WP comment system, but still haven't gotten around to that yet. Oops!

Lisa K said...

I just got your comment now! When I signed on Disqus it made me hit "approve" for this comment only, but everyone else's automatically went through (??). So weird! Anyway, yes, thank goodness for other bloggers sharing their knowledge.

Lisa K said...

It makes replying to comments so much easier!

Lisa K said...

You're welcome!

Lisa K said...

If it makes it easier on you, I say go for it!

Modern June said...

I love this! I was just asking myself about stock photos. I cant wait to check out that post!

Lisa K said...

Paulina's post was helpful, and so was this one: http://eastandblog.com/2014/05/7-places-find-free-photos-use-blog-website/

Rebecca B. Bird said...

For some reason Disqus has been flagging ALL my comments on other sites lately as spam. I'm assuming it's a glitch because it seriously happens on pretty much every other website! Off to write their support team AGAIN ....

Lisa K said...

Hope you get that straightened out!

Becca Dorr said...

Thanks for the shout out. :) These are all great ideas!

Lisa K said...

Of course! Thanks for your blogging wisdom!

Krystal R. said...

Great post and tips!!!

jackie jade said...

oooh these are a ton of great tips! you've give me lots to think about and i should look into shopstyle and remember to use those kinds of links when i do favorites type posts.

Lisa K said...

Thanks, Krystal!! :)

Lisa K said...

I mean, I seriously include all those links already anyway...so why not get paid 5 cents/click for them?

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