People often ask me if Blogging Bistro works with clients all over the U.S. Thanks to the Internet, we do! We have clients in Canada, as well.
I created this map of some of our recent clients at ZeeMaps.com. It took me about 10 minutes.
Continue reading to see the embedded map and for illustrated, step-by-step instructions for how to create and share your own custom map. read more >
When you visit a blog, what’s the first thing about a particular post that catches your attention?
Other than the article’s title, it’s probably the image (or images) that accompany the post.
Readers’ eyes are drawn to images, so it’s important to place a visual that illustrates your point into every blog post.
Readers are also creatures of habit, so place images in a consistent location, such as the upper left or upper right area of each post. Wrap text around the image to create a clean, packaged look.
This article includes links to at least 15 services where you can download free or low-cost stock images, illustrations, videos, or sounds. read more >
LinkedIn appears to copycatting Facebook’s abysmal management style. As of April 14, 2014, they’re removing the Products & Services tab from Company pages. Instead, they’re encouraging us to create Showcase Pages.
This article explains what’s happening to Products & Services info, and includes a step-by-step tutorial for creating Showcase Pages. We also suggest several practical uses for Showcase Pages. read more >
Author Sherri Sand regularly includes scripture references in her devotional blog posts. She asked me whether there is a WordPress plugin that will automatically search her posts for scripture references and display the text of the Bible verses in a pop-up box.
Sure enough, there is! It’s called ESV CrossRef (or just CrossRef, once it’s installed on your site).
Read on to learn how it works and how it looks. read more >
I’ve been teaching workshops at writers’ conferences on creative ways authors can use Pinterest. So I thought I’d follow my own advice and explore how to repurpose my blog posts on Pinterest.
I’ve been planning this idea for close to a year, and after considering several options, I decided to emulate what Joan Stewart, aka, The Publicity Hound, does on her Pinterest board, “50 Tips for Free Publicity.” If it works for Joan, why reinvent the wheel?
Read on to learn my 10-step strategy, and then try it for yourself. read more >
By Grace Fox
Technology isn’t exactly my bent. It’s no wonder, then, that it bends me out of shape when it doesn’t cooperate for me or when I don’t understand it.
Laura Christianson’s expertise is changing that. Thanks to Blogging Bistro, technology is losing its intimidation factor and becoming my friend.
When Laura and I began discussing plans for my new website, I knew what I wanted but not necessarily what I needed. She filled in those gaps for me. read more >
Everyone’s looking for the secret to writing blog posts that cause readers to swoon, to declare that your blog is the best thing since sliced bread, and any other cliches you can insert into this space.
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but there is no secret. Crafting excellent blog posts takes time, commitment, and an insatiable desire to learn — and to share what you’re learning with others.
Today’s infographic provides helpful tips about how to craft killer posts that’ll keep your readers coming back for more. First, a brief overview of the infographic… read more >
By Matt Neputin
As bloggers, we often want to do everything ourselves. Especially if we’re just starting out, the prospect of spending money on our projects is about as appealing as putting glass into our eyes.
So we try to do EVERYTHING ourselves. We install WordPress ourselves. We sign up to Twitter ourselves. We even install a website theme ourselves.
But then we come to the hard things – the things that require actual talent, such as customizing the theme we’ve paid for. read more >