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How to come up with fresh content for your blo

How to come up with fresh content for your blo | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Content for blog

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Having your own blog is great, but it won’t do anything for you if you can’t consistently post content that your readers enjoy. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy to think of topics. Most bloggers write the first few articles fairly easily, and then they find themselves wondering what else they can write about. 

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Effective affiliates marketing with bonus posts on ShareASale

Effective affiliates marketing with bonus posts on ShareASale | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Shareasale affiliates

 

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I've been using affiliate networks to make some money blogging and to buy some craft supplies. ShareASale is what I made the most of so far, they are a an affiliate marketing network that has more than 3000 companies for you to choose from.

As a craft blogger, I keep on forgetting to promote the lastest deals or sales available. That's the reason why I love to work with companies that have dedicated support, especially those offer bonus posts about their lastest contests, promotions and sales. You can repost the (usually) pre-written bonus posts they send or edit them to suit your writing style. They pay for each post you published on your blog and you'll earn commission if your readers purchase something via the affiliate links included in that post. Sounds sweet?

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My top 10 favourite sites to submit free crochet patterns

My top 10 favourite sites to submit free crochet patterns | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Free crochet patterns

 

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Over one year, I have been sharing my free crochet patterns around and this is a short list of popular crochet websites that helped my creations get more exposure as well as brought a lot of traffic to my blog. These sites are not very tricky so if you are new to the industry, forget the worry of having a masterpiece to get your things out there. 

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Tips to use Pinterest

Tips to use Pinterest | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Pinterest

 

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I've picked up some useful tips to get more traffic from Pinterest - a very fast growing social media platform. After a few months of learning and using my social networking correctly, I'm still trying to organize my pin boards and boost the performance. However, I'd love to share my experience here.

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Places to share and promote your great blog posts.

Places to share and promote your great blog posts. | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Blog content

 

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I don't mention social bookmarking sites in this post. There are places for bloggers to manually share and promote their great blog posts which you can sign in via your social accounts. They are so-called subjects-based social network sites or places for social media influencers.

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How to add a gadget above blog's banner

How to add a gadget above blog's banner | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Ads code above banner

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In this post I'll share a little tip about adding a gadget above your blog header. This way you can easily add your HTML ad code above blog's banner to drive more revenue.

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How to add ads code below every post title.

How to add ads code below every post title. | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Ad code below post title

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I've been thinking of ways to display ads effectively on this blog. Many says the spot just below a post title is the best place...hmm so give it a go then.
I tested this with a few ads code from different ads network and it works (not just for Adsense ads)

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Set up a custom domain for Blogspot with Godaddy

Set up a custom domain for Blogspot with Godaddy | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Godaddy custom domain set up

 

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As you may know Blogspot has updated CNAME setup settings for custom domain which now requires 2 CNAME records entered in your DNS settings to work with your blog. So it's a bit lengthy from the old way but you don't need a professional to deal with it.

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How to create image-link on a blog post

How to create image-link on a blog post | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Image-link on your post

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Just a little HTML ( HTML again..) stuff but useful, though.

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Where brands connect bloggers - make money blogging

Where brands connect bloggers - make money blogging | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Brands meet bloggers

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Besides display ads, affiliates,...getting sponsored posts and reviews to write is another great way to monetize your blog. 
What is a sponsored post? According to Wikipedia, it's a promoted post, also known as a sponsored post, is a post to any community-driven notification-oriented website which is explicitly sponsored as an advertisement by a particular company in order to draw a large amount of popularity through user promotion and moderation to the most active or most viewed page on the website.
It's really nice to get some more cash to support my crafting budget, pay for the hosting and above all, keep this blog alive. Most of my compensated posts came from a third party - a PR company, they are so-called brands connect bloggers service. Here's the list I've collected (I've joined some but also list other sites for your reference)

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excellent information!

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Sites to submit your craft/diy tutorials and get featured

Sites to submit your craft/diy tutorials and get featured | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Craft/DIY directories

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I've been collecting great craft submission sites to get more exposure for my works  (and for better SEO, too) as a craft blogger. Here's the list I've tried.

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Tips to use Twitter

Tips to use Twitter | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Twitter

 

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Just 140 words max for each tweet still very helpful for building and expanding your brand awareness.

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Basic On-page SEO for blogger

Basic On-page SEO for blogger | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

basic on-page SEO

 

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On-page SEO ( Search Engine Optimization ) is considered the most important factor of SEO, and it's what you do within your blog posts. Sounds simple? But if you know that it took me almost one year ( untill I decided to turn this hobby blog into business blog ) to do these basic steps consistently.

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5 Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts

5 Ways to Promote Your Blog Posts | Blogging tips | Scoop.it
Every single blog post you write is an asset. You spent the time and energy to produce that content, so you should do everything possible to get as much mileage as you can out of every post. Social media marketing is all about sharing content.

Via Oombawka Design
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How to add social media follow button to the bottom of each post.

How to add social media follow button to the bottom of each post. | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Social media follow button at the bottom of each post.

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Getting social media sharing button beneath each post is easy with some social bookmarking services now, just add an HTML code to a widget. How about social media follow button or social media icons which encourage readers to join your social network? Sure I don't want to manually add them to every post. Yeah... it's the blogger template HTML work. (again)

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How to add a Feedly follow button to your blog

How to add a Feedly follow button to your blog | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Feedly button

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As a blogger, you may want to add a Feedly follow button whether you use Feedly as your reader or not.

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Blog button online generator

Blog button online generator | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Blog button generator

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Like most bloggers I also want a cute blog button for blog hops, blog directories since it is a good way to brand and promote your blog. I've finally found out a button code generator after a few searches on google.
It's a real time saver !

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How to make a favicon for your blog

How to make a favicon for your blog | Blogging tips | Scoop.it

Favicon generator

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I want to make my own so now the point is to resize an image to get a tiny favicon. After several tries with a few photo programs like Picasa, Paint....I found a site to generate favourites icon easily and quickly.

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