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Top 7 Blogging Tips for the Newbie Mom Blogger

First and foremost, I want to thank all of my followers – on Google Friend Connect (GFC), Twitter, and Facebook. A special shout out to my GFC followers for your loyal support and helping me get to over 1,000!

As I write this, I am looking at the beautiful faces of my 1,009 Google Friend Connect followers. I know that not every one reads this blog every day, but I am thankful for the returning visits from followers and RSS subscribers who do take the time to visit me on a daily basis.

A majority of my followers are mom bloggers. Only about 34 percent of my traffic is from Google and other search engines. I rely on the continued support of my followers to have the courage and energy to blog every day. So thank you everyone!

Several weeks ago, a reader commented and asked if I would share blogging tips on how I’ve made my blog so successful. Let me preface by saying that I am not that successful. Not monetary-wise. But I want to share my personal blogging tips to help other newbie mom bloggers out there.

Here are my Top 7 Blogging Tips for the Newbie Mom Blogger:

Be Passionate about Your Subject

Blogging is a fun and exciting experience . . . if you are passionate about the topic you’re writing. If you aren’t interested in your blogging niche, it’s going to show through in your writing. (And you will be unhappy as a blogger, too.)

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Alert: Linky Tools (aka MckLinky) is now Paid! – Other Free Linky Alternatives

Many mom bloggers use Linky Tools, aka MckLinky, for our blog directories and blog hops. (I currently use it for my Mom Blog Directory.) Up until now, the Linky Tools service has been free. This is NO LONGER the case. Linky Tools is now a paid subscription.

I just checked my inbox, and I was shocked to find an email from the Linky Tools owner and creator, Brent Riggs, stating that my account will be deactivated on February 7th (Monday) if I do not sign up for a Paid Subscription.

The Linky Tools service has more than 16,000 users, and Mr. Riggs claims that he can no longer pay for all the expenses out of his own pocket. Ads and donations are not working, so he must go to a subscription service. He is asking for current users to pay a yearly fee of $24 (which is roughly $2/month). Unfortunately, we have to pay this yearly fee up front.

While $24 a year does not sound that expensive, and it’s affordable to some . . . but I am currently not making that much off my blog. (I just started in October). So this is an expense that I must devote in other areas of my blogging life.

Plus, the internet is FULL of free services, so I am in search of Linky Tool alternatives that are free.

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Tutorial: Add a Custom Favicon to your Blogger (Blogspot) Blog

Yesterday, I blogged about how to create a favicon for your blog. As promised, today’s post will be about how to add your favicon to your blogger (blogspot) blog. The process isn’t hard, but it does involve adding a code to your Blogger template. For this tutorial, I will use Gracie, my shih-tzu’s blog (www.tails-misadventures.blogspot.com).

If you publish with Blogger, then you should be familiar with the iconic default Blogger.com favicon. It’s the orange and white square logo. Most blogs on the Blogger platform use the default favicon.

Here’s what the default favicon looks like.

Adding your own custom favicon will help brand your blog, and it makes your blog distinct above the rest.

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Tutorial: How to Create a Favicon For Your Blog

Regardless of whether you are using WordPress or Blogger (or another blogging platform), adding a favicon will help make your blog stand out. Just like with your blog button, a favicon is a branding tool. It allows you to say to the world, “Hey! My blog or website is unique, different from the rest.”

What is a Favicon?

Anyone who uses the internet has seen a favicon. They are the little custom icon or graphic that appears on the left side of the website’s URL in the address bar. Almost all browsers support favicons. Virtually all professional organizations have a favicon. Take a look at Yahoo, CNN, MSN, Google – they all have a small icon (favicon) that makes them distinct!

Here’s my favicon (I used a pregnant woman’s belly because it neatly describes what my blog is about – pregnancy and babies!):

Favicon is short for Favorites icon. They are sometimes called “bookmark icons.” Favicons appear on tabs of tabbed browsers (such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari), your bookmarked sites, internet shortcuts on your desktop, and etc. If you are looking to build an audience and carve a niche for yourself on the web, you must have a favicon. Or else, you end up blending into the crowd – just another blog out of the billions on the net. [continue reading…]