You don’t have to be an expert in Photoshop to have a crisp, professional looking blog. I have been blogging for over seven years and haven’t touched the program. The past year I have been using PicMonkey to edit my photos and create my “Pin-able” images and find it easy to use, budget-friendly, and a tool to accomplish most anything a blogger would need.
PicMonkey is a web-based tool that you can use in any Internet browser to color correct photos, add text, crop, and more. For a small fee, you can upgrade and access even more features in PicMonkey (a cost like this is tax-deductible if you make money off your blog!). Here are a few ways I use it:
My husband takes my pictures in the morning, and then hands me the memory card to select and edit the photos for my blog on my lunch hour. I need something that will let me edit 3-6 photos in less than 15 minutes so I have time to finish my post and still grab a bite to eat before getting back to work. I have found PicMonkey lets me do exactly that.
Hi everyone, this is Alison at Wardrobe Oxygen. Many of you wonder why your blog isn’t more successful, or doesn’t have a bigger following. Below are some pet peeves of mine, and many other people I know who love blogs. I wish more bloggers did this so that readers, advertisers, retailers, and publications could really see and absorb their great content: Continue reading
When one decides to become a blogger, she chooses to put herself in the public eye. Whether you have 5 subscribers or 500,000, having a blog puts you on the Internet for the whole world to see. A major part of blogging is the comments you get from your readers. While it’s awesome to get compliments and positive feedback, we all know that not every comment received on a blog is positive. What do you do when someone leaves a less-than-cheerful comment on your blog? Continue reading
While each blog is different, many bloggers have found success with affiliate advertising. I have used a variety of affiliate ads and links on my blog, below I will share the ones I have used and my experiences with them:
AdSense – Google AdSense is an incredibly easy way to generate revenue for your blog, especially if you are using Blogger as your platform. Blogger keeps it simple – offering AdSense as a widget you can place most anywhere on your blog in a variety of styles; it also offers AdSense in your Blog Post setup.
AdSense gets a bad rap for many reasons – you never know exactly what will be advertised on your site, Google can ban you if they even think you’re clicking your own links, and few find it to be profitable. I am one of the few who likes AdSense and finds it worth the space on my blog.
In the AdSense backend, you can choose what types of ads you allow on your blog – I have chosen to blog sensitive topics like religion, politics, and get rich quick schemes; I have also chosen to blog entire categories like Real Estate which don’t fit with the topic of my blog. The longer you have AdSense, the better quality and the more appropriate the ads become. When I started, I would get text links in a box, now I am advertising popular apparel brands. Also the longer you have AdSense, the more money you make from it. I can recall years where I hardly made $30 from my ads, now I make enough to make it very worthwhile.
AdSense states you need to reach the “payment threshold” to get paid; the site doesn’t seem to currently state what that threshold is, but for me it has always been $100, and payment is received via direct deposit into my account around the 26th of the month. Continue reading
One of my favorite things about being a blogger is the community I have created with it. In the past several years, I have met many readers, many readers have become my real friends, and many of my readers have now become friends with one another through my blog. I have many readers who have been reading since 2005, have followed me from URL to URL, hanging in there when I went on hiatus. I really treasure the community created with my blog, and find that this community is what ensures consistent traffic, reliable ad revenue, and promotion of the blog without me asking for it. Here’s a few things I do to create a strong community and loyal fans of my blog.