How to Create an Advice Series for your Blog

Alison Gary

Ever had writer’s block?  Blogging experts suggest looking at your keyword analytics and use those words and phrases as inspiration for your next post.  I did this years ago and saw my keyword analytics were often questions, and questions I knew other women likely had.  Can I wear patent leather shoes in the winter?  What color shoes with a red bag?  What should one wear to a job interview?  I started having posts where I would answer these Googled questions, and soon I had readers contacting me with their specific questions.  From that, my “Ask Allie” series began and it is some of my most popular content.

Using reader questions as inspiration for a post is a fantastic way to have ideas for fresh content, and to show your audience that you care about them and want to provide content that they desire.  Here’s a few tips on how to successfully turn reader questions and comments into compelling blog content. Continue reading

PicMonkey: The cheap and easy alternative to photoshop

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.

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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:

Editing Photos
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.

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Tips for blogging success on YouTube

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Like any viewer on YouTube, I was searching for an updo to wear as MOH for my best friend’s wedding, but my search came up little to none. That was when I decided to create a channel of my own and posted my first video in 2008. I’ve created videos ranging from quick, simple hairstyles to updos to makeup, nails and slowly adding in some DIY and fashion videos to the mix.

Being on YouTube has been rewarding to say the least and I am glad to have met great friends along the way. However, starting a channel initially may not be easy, but I’ve learned a few tips along the way that will help you to create one of your own, if you so wish.

Tip #1: Be yourself
I know you hear this plenty, but it’s true. Viewers love to see the personality behind the videos, so being you only helps viewers get to know you better.

Tip #2: Only use royalty-free music such as ones from Incompetech
This is a tip I always give out, especially if you want to become a YouTube Partner. Refrain from using music that you do not have the rights or permissions in your videos.

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