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5 Quick Ways to Refresh Your Blog

1. Eliminate unused or under-performing widgets It’s always a good idea to review your widgets and sidebar areas every few months. Sometimes it’s easy for a blog to get cluttered with widgets that you really don’t need. Re-evaluate which ones are the most important to you, and the ones that really don’t need to be there. Do you really need that Twitter widget if you’re not actively posting on the…


How To Make an Animated GIF and Why You Should Use Them

While GIF images have been around since what seems like the beginning of time, they are making a comeback in the blogosphere and social media. Recently, Twitter added GIF support to their site, allowing anyone to upload an animated image and play it like a video. These visually attractive photos can be used to increase visibility of your status updates and make for great marketing tools! GIFs are created…


Increase Blog Engagement with AddThis

Sharing and visitor engagement play a huge role in your site’s ranking and monetization goals. The idea is simple: the more shares or click-throughs, the better. They help to reduce your bounce rate and can even increase sales. That’s why I love tools like AddThis because they are able to help keep visitors on your site longer and allow them to share your content quickly and easily on social networks.…


Questions to Ask Before Starting a Blog

If you’re thinking about starting a blog, there are some essential questions you should ask yourself first. The following questions need to be considered, so grab a piece of paper and jot down your answers so you feel confident about diving into the world of blogging! What will my blog be about? Probably one of the most important decisions to ask yourself is what your blog will be about. Will…


How To Come Up With The Perfect Blog Name!

I’ve started a lot of businesses and websites in my lifetime, and have used my own little system for coming up with the perfect business or blog name in just a few steps. I thought I’d share that process with you, because it has worked for me each and every time. Deciding on a blog name is probably one of the most important steps to creating a new blog (or…


“Tip Me” Tuesday!

Have you been wondering what you can do to improve your blog design or website? Maybe you just want another pair of eyes to check it out and give you a little constructive criticism? Sometimes it helps to have somebody else review what you’ve done and give you a few pointers for improvement! Instead of answering a bunch of individual emails, I decided to open up Tuesdays on this blog…


How To Improve Your Blog in 2014

With the new year just around the corner, have you thought about what you can do in 2014 to improve your blog? Here are some tips and ideas to get your started: Refresh with a new design If you’ve gone through most of 2013 with the same blog design, it might be time to consider changing things up a little bit. Keeping your layout updated to reflect your current state…


How To Get Blog Followers

Followers are the most coveted thing to a blogger. Building followers means you are building your readership and growing your blog. Without numbers, how are we to know if what we are doing is paying off? Here are a few tips for building your readership to help translate those visitors into followers. Create a unique blog Many bloggers seem to overlook the most important thing when trying to gain followers:…


How To Run A Successful Blog Giveaway

Over on my Facebook page, I asked what you wanted to see on I Can Build A Blog this week, and Justina said: “How to run a successful giveaway. I find depending on how I run a giveaway some ways get hundreds of new likes and some generate almost no interest.” Giveaways can be an easy way to gain short term traffic in a short amount of time. The key…


7 Mistakes Bloggers Make

Whether you’re new to blogging or a seasoned blogger, there are a few mistakes that many of us have made, but can luckily learn from. If you’re reading this site, you are most likely looking to grow your blog and attract new visitors. Knowing these classic blogging errors can save you lots of time and frustration. Here are a few of the top mistakes I’ve compiled so that we can…


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