Awesome Plugin Displays Bible References as Pop-Ups

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 >

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Three Key Changes to Facebook’s Fan Page Design

Facebook Page Admins: Watch for your new page design (which began rolling out the week of March 10-14, 2014).

Three key changes to expect:

  1. One column page feed.
  2. Apps images moved to left column.
  3. Page title superimposed on cover photo.

You’ll also notice easier access to your admin tools, “Pages to Watch” tool, and your page’s Insights (weekly stats). Read on to learn what these changes mean for your Facebook business page.   read more >

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How to Embed Getty Images on Your Blog – for Free!

Great news, bloggers:

Getty Images, the granddaddy of all stock photo services, has made millions of its images free to embed on blogs. It’s easy to use, too!

This blog posts provides step-by-step instructions for how to embed Getty images, and includes Terms of Use you must follow.   read more >

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How Pinterest Can Inject New Life to Old Blog Posts

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 >

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Facebook 201: Hashtags, Email Lists, and App Boxes

You’ve set up a Facebook page for your business complete with an eye-catching cover photo, and now you’re ready to maximize the social media giant for all its worth.

We’ve rounded up two articles and an infographic to help you tackle three tasks:

  1. Collect email addresses from your Facebook fans
  2. Customize your Facebook app boxes for brand unity
  3. Use Facebook hashtags to widen your reach (infographic)

Facebook freshmen, it’s time to graduate! Log into Facebook and let’s get to work.   read more >

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Facebook Page Q&A: Why Can’t Some People Post to My Page?

We recently received a question from Liana Clark of Eclectic Journey Photography regarding her Facebook fan page.

“Even though my Facebook fan page settings allow anyone to post statuses and photos to my page, some of my ‘fans’ are able to post but others cannot. Do you have any idea why certain people can and others cannot post?”

With the help of her Facebook fans, Liana solved the problem before we had a chance to dig into this issue. Liana agreed to let us share her discovery with you since you may be having the same problem.   read more >

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How to Create a Facebook Cover Photo Using Canva

Last week when we showed you how to upload a cover photo for your Facebook event, we gave you a sneak peek of a cover photo created with a free, easy-to-use online tool called Canva.

With Canva you can create Facebook cover photos, blog graphics, and more that look like they were created by a professional graphic designer. No need to spend hours tinkering around in complicated photo editing tools. Canva’s templates, backgrounds, fonts, and images take the hard work out of designing.

Today we’re going to walk through creating a Facebook cover photo using Canva. Let’s get started!   read more >

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Building a New Website is a Team Effort (Guest Post by Grace Fox)

By Grace Fox
Guest Columnist

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 >

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How to Create a Cover Photo for a Facebook Event

The key to a Facebook event cover photo that looks great and attracts attendees is using the optimal size photo.

This illustrated step-by-step tutorial walks you through creating a cover photo that will make you event stand out.

First, log into Facebook and navigate to the Events app. You’ll find the app at

Next, create your event by clicking on the “+Create Event” button in the upper right corner, below the blue navigation bar.   read more >

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Step-by-Step Guide to Crafting a Killer Blog Post [Infographic]

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 >

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