March 22, 2011

How to Link, Share, and everything else you wondered about

I wanted to give you one last reminder that this Friday is the day to link up you boy shirts for the contest.  Don't forget!  Click on the button if you missed the details.

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I get a lot of e-mails about how do all sorts of things on your blog.  I thought it would be good to take a day and explain some things or share some links that tell you how to do all those things.  There is a lot you can learn by just googling the topic, but it's nice to compile all the questions in one spot.  Here we go.

How to link to a link party.  A few of asked about this because you wanted to make sure you'd be ready to link up here on Friday.  This one's easy.  First of all, you don't want to just copy your blog address.  See?  Right now you only see the blog address where I've circled it.

You want to copy the location of your specific post your linking. To do this just click on the title of your specific blog post.  (Above: I clicked on the yellow text that says "Upcycled Braided Necklace.")  You'll notice the address bar of your browser now has more text in it.  It's your blog name with a slash and then usually the post title in it.  It looks like this. 

Highlight and copy that info.  That's what you'll use to enter the link party.  The link party will have a spot at the end that says "Enter your link"  or some say "Click here to enter." Click on it. 

Where it says URL you will enter that code you copied.  The rest is pretty simple.  Enter a title for your entry.  You can enter your e-mail address or skip that.  Click that you want to upload pictures from the web.  It will pull up pictures from that post and you will select which picture you want to showcase.  That's it. 

It will take you back to the main page where you can confirm that your link has been added.  You're in!

How to Spread the Word (and gain favor with your favorite bloggers :)  Did you know how easy it is to share something you like on a blog with your friends?  At the bottom of my posts there is a spot that says "Share This."  It's right next to the comment spot.  If you put your curser over it a little box opens to give you options of how you want to share the post.....facebook, twitter, etc.  You can pick your method and share the post with everyone.  As a blogger, I LOVE it when you share something you like here because it helps to spread the word.  So next time you see a post you like you can share the love.  That'd be sweet.  (wink, wink)

How to Make Sure I Can Respond to Your Comment.  Sometimes you ask a question, but your profile isn't linked to your e-mial address and I don't have a way to respond.  I usually respond in the comments then, but I never know if you're really going to head back to check it.  So, here's a quick tutorial on how to link up your e-mail address to your profile so I can repsond to you.  Click HERE to see Kim from 733 tell you how it's done.  It's easy.
How to Create a Facebook Page and Link it to Your Blog.  Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home did a great tutorial on this one.  Click HERE to go check it out.

Beautify Your Blog.  Momma Go Round did a series a while back that was excellent.  She showed how to do lots of little things to update the look of your blog by yourself.  Click HERE to see the series.

Blogging Tips.  Laurie from Tip Junkie did a great post compiling all sorts of links and info about blogging.  Check it out HERE.

Here are a couple of sites to check out as well. 

Cutest Blog on the Block has lots of free backgrounds and they have a sections called "Secrets" that tells you how to do lots of stuff to your blog as well.

Blogger in Draft is a really cool tool that allows you to alter the look of your blog without commiting to it.  They have a lot of tools that haven't been launched on the real Blogger yet.  It's really cool.  Check it out HERE.

Any questions?  That should give you a lot of look through and play with.  Thanks for stopping by.  Tomorrow is Wake Up Wednesday and I'm hoping to start sending out the finished pattern for all of you. 


stacey said...

Hi Cheri! I made two shirts for the contest but I don't have a blog, can I still enter? If so can I link to some sort of flickr pool or something? I'm SO hoping I can still enter even though I don't have a blog!
thank you!

Lisa said...

Thank you SO much for this awesome how-to post. I have bookmarked it, and will be reading it thoroughly later (read: when I don't have a 3 year old chattering into my right ear).

Christie // lemon squeezy home said...

Hi Cheri! These are all great tips--thanks for linking to me:).

I'm so excited to see what people made!!!

Two Dollars said...

I haven't finished unpacking at my new house so can't compete this round :( As I'm hoping you will do it again, I too wonder if you have to have a blog to compete.

Taylin said...

WOW!! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and I have LOVED it! Thank you so much for the tips. Now I am off to "Spread the Word" and "Beautify" my blog. (after I finish laundry, dinner, cleaning, and find the answer to world peace ;)

Nina @ Momma Go Round said...

Thanks so much Cheri for including my series in this great resource! Such an honor and totally made my day!

Unknown said...

Thanks for all the great resources. Bookmarking this for future reference!

Joyful Mud Puddles said...

Thank you so much for these tips. I have a blog that I think only my sisters read. I have been looking for tips to improve. I'll be sure to read in more detail once the boys are in bed.

Ruthie said...

Howdy! One question since I've just started blogging I linked "this" it proper etiquette to let you know I'm linking your post? Thanks for the help and have a marvelous day!

Unknown said...

Dear Cheri, I made a blog just to participate in the contest, and I`ve just finished some kind of tutorial today... I know (pretty know?) that I`m not going to win, but it`s ok, is a pleasure anyway! besos from spain!

Jaimie said...

Am I too late to "link up"? I totally forgot until today. Let me know.

Chantelle @ Mommyx3=Insanity said...

I have only been bloggin since june, but have been a follower of your for a little longer than that. I LOVE the look of your blog and all you great ideas! Thank you for these tips. I have bookmarked so much of your stuff, my favorites pull down looks like I am stalking you. lol Anyway these are invaluable. Thank you so much again!


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