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How to maximize your blogging workflow

How to maximize your blogging workflow

In a soundbite and popcorn-brain technology-driven world, it can be difficult to be able to focus and to generate high quality content for your blog, especially when writing or mapping out a project plan or outline for something. While it's taken me quite a long time to be able to perfect my own blogging workflow, the process I've developed has been incredibly helpful for productivity. (Note: I know my process is far from perfect, but it's miles from where I started.)

9 Blog SEO best practices: Tips to increase your traffic

9 Blog SEO best practices: Tips to increase your traffic

A lot matters with your blog's SEO. Knowing how to implement SEO best practices can help your blog rank higher in search results. You put in a ton of work to write awesome posts, so it's best to go the extra mile and make sure your post is well-suited to get discovered by search engines! In this post, I talk about the importance of content, regularity, keywords, titles, headings, length, links, images, and networking in terms of good SEO for your blog.

My setup: recording Instagram and YouTube art demo videos

My setup: recording Instagram and YouTube art demo videos

I'm doing something a little different today and sharing how I record and edit videos for Instagram and YouTube. I've gotten a few requests and wanted to show you my setup in case it would help you record fine art videos for your Instagram, YouTube, Periscope and more. Check out the video at the bottom for a demo of the tripod and an overview of my setup; otherwise all of the important info is below!

Make your own hand lettered blog header: design tutorial in Photoshop

Make your own hand lettered blog header: design tutorial in Photoshop

Creating your own hand lettered blog header is a lot easier than it sounds. Plus, it's fun! There's something super rewarding in getting your hands dirty and creating your own blog graphics. There are a lot of hand lettering styles you can try to create your blog header. For this tutorial, I'll be working with the popular handwritten style, because I think it's a great personalized option for lifestyle blogs. Learn how to add black and white lettering, or even colorize your work to match your blog's color scheme!

8 Must-have blog graphics for your blog's visual branding

8 Must-have blog graphics for your blog's visual branding

Whether you're just starting a blog or you're looking to redesign your blog, it's important to have a few basic graphics and images in place. After you choose your perfect color palette that truly represents who you are, you're ready to move on to your graphic suite. In this post, I'll go over 8 must-have graphics for your blog: header, logo (yes, these are different!) favicon, a blog stamp, a title image template, a blog post signature, a unique sidebar about box, and sidebar buttons for featured posts.

How to choose your blog's color palette so it matches your personality

How to choose your blog's color palette so it matches your personality

Color palettes are extremely important for the visual branding of your blog or website. It can immediately convey the mood of your site as well as hint at your target audience. A color palette can set you apart or cause you to blend in.

In this post, I'll share tips on how to choose a color palette for your blog that matches your personality, and I'll explore the reasons behind my own blog-recolor choices!

How I grew my email list 6x by using content upgrades

How I grew my email list 6x by using content upgrades

I've watched my email newsletter list grow by 10-20 subscribers daily since the beginning of 2015. In this post, I investigate how this is possible despite my erratic posting schedule. In the end—it all comes down to content upgrades! Read the post and download the free list of 15 content upgrade ideas.