Time for a change

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Over the past week I’ve been redesigning my portfolio site for the launch of my blog consulting packages and ebooks. In the process (and after a boss business lady Twitter convo) I’ve decided to move my blog over to my portfolio, so everything will be housed under my XO Sarah brand. I’ve been SillyGrrl since […]

Reader Question: Image rights

Mercedes said, Question about copyrights and using product images: When making a gift guide, wish list, or other type of product collage, must you have permission to use the product images? Like if you are linking to a retailer’s image, say from Amazon or Urban Outfitters, for example? Seems like everybody does it because everybody […]

Why do you follow your favorite bloggers?

Finding your niche: Why do you follow your favorite bloggers? From XOSarah.com

If you’re working on finding your niche in blogging and growing your audience, it can be helpful to analyze why you follow the people you follow. I’m sure there are blogs you’ve been following for years, so let’s narrow down why it is that they’re maintained a place in your rss reader or Twitter feed. […]

7 SEO tricks for Blogger

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Alright all you Blogger users, this one’s for you! I know I’ve talked a lot about adding plugins to aid in SEO (search engine optimization), but obviously Blogger doesn’t have that capability. So, today I’ve got some suggestions on how to optimize your posts so you get more quality search engine traffic. Search description Add […]

What are your blogging goals?

What are your blogging goals? from XOSarah.com

If you Google anything related to blogging you will find lots and lots of people talking about growing traffic, getting more shares, and more comments. There’s also talk about turning your blog into a money-making machine and leaving your boring office job. All lovely ideas, but no idea turns into an attainable goal without a […]

How to take your own headshots

How to take your own headshots from XOSarah.com

Since my blog was getting a makeover I figured I was due for some new headshots too. And being a person who likes putting plans into action immediately, there was no way I was waiting on a photographer to take headshots for me. I decided SG was getting a makeover on Thursday, shot photos on […]

10 Things that shouldn’t be on your blog

10 things that shouldn't be on your blog from XOSarah.com

I’ve been running Fix-It Friday for eight months now and each month the blogs are looking better and better and my job gets harder and harder! You all are really stepping up your blog design game, but I’m still running across a few of the same issues. Double check that you’re not making any of […]

How to start a blog

How to start a blog from XOSarah.com

Sarah said, Hi Sarah (great name by the way!) I am sure you’ve gotten this question a thousand times before, but I’m new to the whole blogging world and want to be a part of it! Do you have any advice on how to get started? I’ve been reading a lot of your past posts […]

How to get off the blogging bandwagon

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Dear internet – it’s time to get off the band wagon. I know I’ve written about this before and I will probably write about it again, but it’s something that drives me absolutely crazy. I keep seeing the same exact outfits, DIY projects, recipes, even the style of writing repeated through blog after blog. I’m […]

Using Pinterest Analytics to Build Traffic

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Did you know Pinterest now has analytics? In addition to visiting http://pinterest.com/source/YOUR URL/ you can now see full reports on what is being pinned & repinned from your site. To view analytics you’ll first need to verify your website. Then click your name in the upper right corner and click analytics. (make sure you’ve switched […]

How to Maximize Your Sponsorship

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If you haven’t noticed already, the blog got a little redesign this weekend. The more I looked at the old design the more antsy I got for something new. So I spent the weekend rebuilding the template to make it even more clean, simple and feature the categories I write about the most. Along with […]

What I’m Stopping

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Danielle recently dropped a wicked truth bomb… If you’re to realize your intentions, what you stop doing is just as important as what you start and continue to do. Stopping = the white space. Stopping = room to run free and create from the deepest place of being without restraint or compromise. Stopping = more […]

10 Quick Blog Fixes

SillyGrrl.com // Nerd Party: 10 Quick Ways to Clean Up Your Blog

Everyone deserves a good looking blog. You don’t have to be nutty like me and tweak your blog on the daily, but a once-over every couple months will make your blog easier to navigate and a pretty space for your readers to visit. 1. Give your posts room to breathe Increase the width of your […]

Getting to Know You: Part 2

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Happy New Year! The past two weeks have been super busy – I feel like I need a vacation after my vacation. I spent a lot of time with my family, played a couple new games, watched Tron, Kick Ass and Inception, went ice skating, met up with my favorite bloggers, watched a bunch of […]

Getting to know you

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I try my best to visit all the sites of the people who comment here, but if I don’t follow you on a regular basis it’s hard to remember who every one is, where they’re from and what they’re up to. I’ve also noticed a bunch of new faces over on my Google Friend Connect. […]