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BLOG TIPS


EMBEDDING LINKS IN YOUR POSTS

Sometimes you'd want to have a word/phrase in your post to link back to other pages or sites, like I just did there. Doing it is pretty easy to do, and it comes in handy!

All you have to is this. While typing up your post, highlight your text you'd like to embed the link into.


Once you've selected the text you'd like to embed the link into, click on the Link button, then it will bring up a dialog box where you can put in the web address you'd like it to link to.


This is where you paste in the link to the page/site you'd like it to link to. Once you paste the link in there (remember, it must be the full http://... address, copy your address straight from your browser if you're not sure) click ok, and then you can continue typing up your post and once your post is posted, your link will be live and clickable. Ready to drive traffic or guide users to other places you need them to go. 


ADDING HEADER TO YOUR BLOG

So, this is something a few of you asked me, so here goes. A header is what you see at the top of a blog/website. It can be simple, it can be intricate, it can even have transparency (like Random Arbjects header) but that's a photoshop tutorial, and not a blogging tut!

So. I'll just be showing you HOW to add a header, not how to make one. You'll need some image editing knowledge to do that, and if you don't know how to use Photoshop or similar programs, there are some sites online that you can generate banners, LIKE THIS ONE, but I suggest you ask a friend that studies with you, that knows photoshop to help you out. Tell them what your blog is about, suggest some pictures to use, a font, and ask them to stitch it together for you. But. Even if you know the BASICS of Photoshop, you'll be able to make one. Click these links for some tutorials on how to make a header in photoshop. THIS ONE. THAT ONE. AND ANOTHER ONE.

So, now that you know how to make your header, let's place your finished header in your blog. Go to your 'Layout' section from your dashboard.


Or on your blog itself, click on 'Design', then click on 'Layout'. I noticed at Cput, that, probably owing to the large number of students browsing online, that this page can take a while to load, so just be patient.


When it finally does load, you'll see that your header is most probably loaded already. It'll have your blog's name, with (Header) next to it.


If it's NOT there, click on 'add a gadget' which will open up a new window. Scroll all the way down until you find 'Page Header', then click the + to add it.


Once added, click 'edit' on your header bar that's now been added. It will open up a new window called 'Configure Header', where you'll see fields for Blog Title, Blog Description, and Image. Go to 'Image, and click Browse, go to where you saved your header you made, and load it. Then once your image is loaded, click on 'instead of title and description' in your 'Placement' field, this will replace the text/title you had, with your fancy schmancy header!! Siesa! :D


Now you're ready to brag with your upgraded blog with it's nice header and share it with all your friends. Enjoy!


MARKETING/SHARING:

Relevance:
  • Try not to overload your blog with too many posts. Depending on what you share, go for a MAXIMUM of 3 posts a day, otherwise it becomes to much. I try to post on RA 5 times a week. (Weekdays)
  • Don't be too inactive either. If you never post, how will you sustain interest in your blog?
Sharing and Timing:
  • Sharing is very important. If you don't share, people won't visit! Share on Twitter. Share on Facebook. If you want to, share on Google +
  • Your timing is key. Different users log on to social networks at different times. You get the morning users, the lunch users, the late afternoon and night users. So consider your main group of readers when decide WHEN you want to post. If it's a really important post, share it thrice on the day that you post it, morning, lunch, late afternoon, but only for VERY important posts.
Tags:
  • Something you might not be aware of is your tags/labels/keywords. When you create a post, you can give it tags to help people find your post while searching on Google. This is important as these tags help with SEO.
So yeah, hope these tips help you. More coming soon. Enjoy :)


EMBEDDING YOUTUBE VIDEOS

So, a question many of you guys asked me was how to embed Youtube videos into your blog. It's pretty easy. This is how:

On the Youtube page of the video you want to share, click on 'Share', from there click on 'Embed', this brings up another dialogue box, with code and other stuff.


Go down to the customize bar, and type in '550' in the first box, this will constrain your video to 550 pixels wide, and this should fit neatly in your blog.



Then left-click on the code, it should turn blue (meaning that it's been selected), then either press Ctrl+C or right-click on it and select 'Copy'


Then go to your blogger post editor, and click on the 'HTML' tab, this switches from normal post-editing to html editing, which is necessary to embed your video.



You then right-click, then click on 'Paste' to paste your code. Alternatively, you could press Ctrl+V on your keyboard to paste with a shortcut. This will past your code into your editor, and you're almost ready to post!!

The only other thing you'll have to do is add a 'break' tag inbetween your video and your text, so that everything is not squished on your blog. It looks like this '< br/ >' but without the spaces inbetween the brackets and letters. You don't need this tag in 'Compose' mode, because pressing 'Enter' will do it, but in HTML mode, you need to do it. Your post editor should look something like this:



And there you go, your post is ready to go! Don't forget to add tags and a title to your post. Preview it to make sure everything is good, and then click Publish, and you've just embedded a youtube video to your blog!!



Happy blogging!


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GETTING TABS/PAGES

So. Many of you asked me how to get extra pages/tabs at the top of blogger, like this blog has. So, this is how.

First things first. If you're using the old interface of blogger, I strongly suggest that you switch to the new on. Where you edit/create things for your blog, it should be at the top of the page.

Now that you're up-to-date with the interface, this is what you do to add pages:

On your dashboard, click the drop down arrow next to the new post button, and go to 'Pages'



On this page, go to 'New Page', then click on 'Blank Page'


Then you'll be taken to a page like your post editor, this is where you can put ANYTHING on that page. Pictures, Video, Text, everything you want to, depending on what the page is about. Don't forget to give it a title as well.



Preview your page, and once you're happy, click 'Publish'. It should now appear on your pages tab. BUT. There's one last step. Click on 'Don't Show' and it brings the drop down menu to choose where you'll show your pages. Click 'Top Tabs'. And then click 'Save Arrangement', and then you're GOOD TO GO!


You now have your page/tab. You can make as many as you want to.


I'll put up some more of the lesson I taught you guys soon!

Enjoy!

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