Three Things to Put in your Blog's Footer

The footer space in your blog is often an underutilized and overlooked opportunity to share more content with your readers. While trying to ensure all of your important information is shared throughout your site, many details are often put in the sidebar. Although your sidebar is a crucial element of your blog, some items are better left for the footer as to keep from cluttering too much of the blog. Three things you can quickly and easily relocate include:

Community badges/buttons

Showing support is one of the best things you can do in the blogging community, and sharing buttons and badges from your site can be a great way to do just that. However, it can become messy in your sidebar quickly if you try to show too many of these. While putting a larger number of these badges on a separate page to take them off of your home page can be a great solution, you can use your footer to highlight a few of the main ones you want to showcase.

Social Icons

One of the easiest way to foster communication is by making it as easy as possible for your readers to connect with you through social icons on your blog. Give them multiple options to follow you on Twitter, Like your fan page on Facebook, or subscribe to your RSS feed. These are items that should also be in your sidebar, but repeating them in the footer gives them a bit more of a feature.

Favorite Posts

Depending on how much information you feature on your blog, your footer can be a long way down. Even if it’s not, you have managed to keep a reader’s interest enough to investigate your blog further. If they have made it to the bottom of your blog, you want to give them somewhere else to go. Make a list of your favorite posts or use a plugin that displays readers’ favorites. Make it easy for readers to browse more of your content.

These are just some of the items that can find a home in your footer, helping you to keep your blog neat, uncluttered and more organized. Always make sure that ways to contact you are easily found throughout your blog, even if you include it in your footer as well. This is a perfect opportunity to take a look at your blog and see what you can reorganize.

What are some of your favorite uses of the blog footer? Leave a link to an example if you have one! 

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How to use free resources to make a header

One of the best things about the blogosphere is all of the talented people who have lots of great tips and tricks to share. Today, I’m bringing back Kristi from Creative Kristi designs to further help you create your own header.

Hi there! I’m back to continue on the topic of creating your own header!

Last time we talked about the ways to find commercial use graphics & fonts. This time I made a quick video to show you how to use a free image manipulation software to create your header.

I used the free downloadable image manipulation software Gimp to create this header.

Storefront image is from the Boutique Storefront kit from Babystar Designs on MyGrafico.com

Fonts used: RNS Camelia & Riddle

Colors: Black ( #000000) & pink (#f42467)

 
Neither Creative Kristi or Business 2 Blogger is legal counsel or the ‘expert’ on all the legalities of graphic and font usage. Please read each and every Terms Of Use you come across for fonts or graphics/photos you plan to use. When in doubt consider it for personal use only. Neither Creative Kristi nor Business 2 Blogger can be held liable or responsible for any damages/lawsuits that arise from failure to properly use/credit font makers/graphic designers/photographers.

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Pinterest Tutorial References

Pinterest has been taking the social media world by storm lately. Pinning this recipe, sharing that board, sharing your pins on Facebook and Twitter. As a premier content curation and sharing site, Pinterest has taken social media to the next level with a buzz of excitement not seen since Twitter erupted onto the scene. So, with all the buzz about it.. how exactly do you use it and what are some tips?

Here, we share some great references for Pinterest.

Getting Started:

Usage & Tips:

Extra Reading:

 

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How to change your Twitter Name

As blogs and businesses continually expand and change their focus, there is often a need to rebrand themselves. While this can be a long and complicated process with many steps, it is not nearly as daunting when you break the steps down one by one. One important step in rebranding is to remember to change your Twitter name. As an important way to connect with others in social media, keeping your name consistent with you and your brand is key.

It is important to note that you can change both your username and your actual name. So, when you see someone’s profile, you will see their name and their handle. In my case, my name is Ashley and username is @PorchSwingMom:

To change your details:

1. Log in to your Twitter account at https://twitter.com.

2. Navigate to the “Settings” Option underneath your username and image on the upper right corner.

3. On the main page of your settings is your username. This is also what displays as your profile link, ie twitter.com/usernamehere. This is what you want to change to reflect your branding change.

4. Click on profile settings if you want to change your actual name:

You’re all set! You now changed your Twitter username and/or display name.

If you’re thinking making this switch, make sure to review MomComm’s Twitter Name Change Checklist so you don’t miss a thing!

Have you ever changed your Twitter name?

 

 

 

 

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3 quick ways to improve your blogging efficiency

1. Set a schedule

While this may seem an obvious detail, it can actually be one of the most often overlooked things as well. Set aside the times you will spend on your blogging and social media activities. Try breaking it down into several sub-categories, such as time to spend blogging, time to spend commenting and visiting other blogs, and time you will spend on various social media platforms. Keep in mind that this can be used as a guide and does not have to be followed to the second- but, having a written-out schedule can help increase your efficiency.

2. Turn off distractions

What? Twitter can be counter-productive?! While it can be hard to turn away from the latest tweets whizzing by or the most current Facebook updates, turning off any distractions is crucial to efficiency success. Set a timer and write for a designated amount of time- you’ll be amazed at how much you can accomplish when you are focusing solely on blogging.

3. Keep posts in draft.

Do you ever have a great idea pop into your head when you are way too busy to stop and write? Or have you ever sat down with time and focus to write, but stumbled into writer’s block? Keep a running list of topics as you think of them, and develop the posts when you have dedicated writing time. Maintaining backup posts is great for times you are unable to blog or are just plain stuck.

What are some of your suggestions for improving blogging efficiency? 

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