Why I’ve Decided NOT to Use Periscope to Build My Business

For months now, I've been hearing how Periscope is the best thing that ever came along for people like me to build their businesses. In case you didn't know, I'm a real estate agent, selling homes in the St. Louis area. I continually need to find new clients who will...

Planning Your Herb Garden {INFOGRAPHICS}

This spring, I plan to grow a herb garden. When I lived in my first 2 houses, I grew herbs most summers. Then I moved to a condo and had no place to grow anything. I did have a deck with sunlight, but I know my limits and there was no way that I would have kept...

Length Matters in Social Media {INFOGRAPHIC}

  I pay a lot of attention to what works in social media. I have to. I'm a real estate agent who uses social media to get hired by clients and a blogger who uses social media to get more traffic to this website. The key is understanding that what works in one social...

5 Tips to Get More Pinterest Traffic

Why is Pinterest Important for Bloggers? While most people use Pinterest to collect things they have found on the web, bloggers use Pinterest as a way to gain more traffic to their websites. Every blogger needs a Pinterest strategy. Even though it is easier...

10 Fun Free Fonts

I'm in the process of redoing the logo for this blog and my graphic designer suggested I take a look at the fonts available at DaFont. Oh my...I have spent hours exploring the fonts on this website. There are so many to choose from and all are free for personal use....

Lower Your Website Bounce Rate

If you have a website, you don't just want to people to find the site. You want them to stick around. Maybe you want to make a sale or have them sign up for your newsletter. Or maybe you just want them to read more of your articles. If you are paying for traffic...

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Improve Your Website and Regain Your Google Traffic

I've been blogging since 2007. My first website was Arch City Homes, and it was designed to get me hired by St. Louis real estate buyers and sellers. When I started getting good traffic to my site, I began using the website to market my real estate listings too. It...

11 Steps to Creating the Perfect Blog Post

I've been blogging since 2007, but I'm still working on creating perfect blog posts. Writing a great blog post isn't easy. You can't simply let your thoughts flow and expect to engage your readers. Blogging takes time. I usually spend 2-4 hours for every post. You...

Spreading a Little Sunshine ~ Sunshine Blogger Award

One of the things I love about blogging is getting to know other bloggers. Bloggers are a great community of people from all over the world who go out of their way to help each other. So I was really excited to discover that Bonnie of Lady Blogger nominated me for the...

Create Multiple Picture Image Pins for Pinterest

I recently discovered a new way to create multiple picture images that are perfect for Pinterest. Fotor.com offers free photo editing tools which allow you to both improve your photos and to create fun collages with pictures off of your computer. SEE ALSO: HOW TO...

Pinterest Tip: How To Create a Popular Posts Widget for Your Sidebar

One way to increase the traffic to your website is to get more people to share the content on Pinterest. Since people naturally like to see what is popular with other people and to share that content with their own followers, you can get more people to share your...

Which Social Sites Bring Traffic to Your Blog?

If you are a blogger, you get excited when you get see traffic coming to your website. Where traffic comes from is different for every blog. Some blogs get a lot of traffic from Google search results. Others get most of their traffic from social sharing. I have 2 very...

Converting Your WordPress Website to a Responsive Theme

Now that you understand how important it is to have a responsive theme so mobile visitors have a good experience on your website, you need to know how to make your website responsive. If you have a Wordpress website, you can do this without spending a lot of money....

Lower Your Website Bounce Rate with a Responsive Theme

On August 5, I decided it was time to implement what I learned at BlogHer '13 about responsive websites. Over the next 72 hours, I changed the theme of this website several times. Half of the time over these few days, the website looked terrible. The colors were...

Conference Swag ~ The Stuff I Brought Home from BlogHer ’13

I'm not one of those people who is all about swag, wandering from booth to booth collecting as much free giveaway stuff as I can. I'm selective in my swag collecting at conferences. I don't take stuff I know I won't use. No coupons, no pens, no little branded things...

A Hate Group Linked to My Website

I was looking at my website analytics just a few minutes ago and saw that I had received some incoming traffic to my real estate website from a website I'd never heard of before. I'm always thrilled when this happens. I click the link to find out who has been nice...

Impressions of a First Time BlogHer Conference Attendee

I've been blogging for 6 years and have been hearing about blogging conferences almost as long. I've attended real estate conventions, but was always so busy focusing on my real estate business that I never got around to signing up for a blogging conference. I have...

Blogging as a Travel Diary

Me at my room at Ramon's Village Resort in San Pedro, Belize When I first started this blog, its sole purpose was to give me a place to blog about all of my vacations. I wanted to create a blog travel diary, but my vacations didn't really belong on any of my current...

Free Moo Cards for BlogHer 2013 Conference

I finally did it. After years of hearing other people talk about blogging conferences, I signed up for BlogHer 2013. I'm really excited about the new things I will learn to improve my 3 blogs (this one, Arch City Homes, and my neighborhood association blog West Pine...

WordPress Calendar Plugin: Add Events to Your Website

One of the things I love about Wordpress websites is how easy it is to add features to a website without hiring a designer. I'm working on a new website for my neighborhood association, and decided that a calendar was needed so everyone could easily see upcoming...

Monitor your Pinterest Pins with PinAlerts

If you have a website, you probably track your analytics (or you should!). In addition to using your Google Analytics account to see how many people visited your site and what content is the most popular, there is an easy way to see which of your content is popular on...

Pinterest Tool: Combining Multiple Photos into a Single Pin

Lately I've been pinning more images to Pinterest. Usually, I just use the Pin It bookmarklet that I've added to my browser toolbar. Today I was looking for a Pinterest tool that would allow me to add text on top of the images without actually having to edit the...

Protect Your Photos on the Web with Watermarking

I take a lot of pictures that I post to the internet. I also create a lot of graphs for my real estate website. While I'm happy when others share my images on social media sites, I'm concerned about copyright infringement that happens all over the internet. Simply...

Resizing Photos for Beginners

Before I became a blogger, I never needed to worry about resizing pictures. The biggest issue I had was getting my pictures stuck in my outbox when I tried to email ones with file sizes that were too large. That's an easy enough problem to solve using just about any...