Best blog tips & tutorials this year

Wow, I didn’t realise how many posts I’ve published until I had to sort through them. Now’s the perfect time to get working on your blog for the New Year so here’s a list of the most requested and most popular posts in 2013, incase you missed something! Don’t forget to leave your requests for blog posts for 2014 in the comments below. I’ll be working on new content this week!

Blogging Tips

Promote blog posts with social media
How to prepare for a blog holiday or break
Essential design tips to attract readers
Are you a no-reply Blogger?
Why you should stop hating Google Plus
Find the original source of any image (and see who’s using your images!)

A guide to…

Guide to Bloglovin
Guide to Google Analytics
Guide to Google+
Bloggers guide to Twitter

Starting a Blog

Tips for picking a blog/domain name
Tips for picking your blog topic
Choosing a blog platform – WordPress vs Blogger
Beginners guide to Blogger
Beginners guide to WordPress
Blogger templates, social media buttons and more.

SEO tips

Increase blog traffic with these SEO tips
How to set up Google Authorship on WordPress
How to set up Google Authorship on Blogger
All about search engines, SEO and keywords
Steps to researching keywords for your blog
How to create and submit a site map

Blogger Tutorials

How to find code in Bloggers HTML editor
Remove shadows and borders from your blog content or navigation
Create a circular date header for posts
How to move date of post below post title
How to add a custom font to Blogger
How to create a blog share button with HTML grab code
How to move and remove the header gadget
How to fix the reply button on Blogger comments
Remove spaces between post images on Blogger
Add pin it button to your blog images
Show post summary with thumbnail
Customise the read more jump link
Fix missing posts and images in Blogger dashboard
Re-arrange the information (author, comment link, date) in post header & post footer

Navigation on Blogger

Create a horizontal navigation bar with images
How to create a basic navigation bar
Add a drop down menu to your blog that can be styled using Template Designer
Create a navigation bar that stays on top when scrolling

WordPress Tutorials

How to add a signature to WordPress posts
How to add a custom font to WordPress
Fight comment spam on WordPress
Security tips for WordPress users

WordPress & Blogger Backup

How to backup your entire blog including design, posts and images
How to restore a backup of your blog

Design Tutorials

How to create a zigzag/chevron background without Photoshop
How to create a blog header/banner using GIMP
How to combine images or create a floating effect using image masks
How to create a polka dot background image

Social Media Icons

How to add social media icons to your blog
Hover over effects for images and social media icons
Add links to your social media under each blog post
Free social media icons
Free glitter social media icons

What would you like to see in 2014?

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  1. This is so great! Thanks for gathering then together so nicely. I will be working on my blog next week and this will help loads. Love all your tutorials and your quick response to questions. You’re a doll! Wishing you a Happy New Year!!! 🙂

  2. Thanks for compiling these – as the previous commenter said, this is great! Would love to see more SEO/wordpress-related posts in 2014 🙂

    Wishing you a happy and successful new year!

    1. Thank you! Yes, really want to do more WordPress posts and may expand on my SEO posts too. Thank you for the suggestions. Wishing you a happy new year also!

  3. Your blog is so great! I have just recently started blogging and you have so many helpful tutorials that I want try out to improve my blog design.

    Thank you and I wish you a happy new year!

  4. thank you for that summary of your blog posts.
    i did some changes to my blog already.
    what about a tutorial about changing the css of headers and so.

    1. Hello, there’s not a lot I can write for changing headers – especially since most people upload a header image, banner or logo. If you want to change the CSS of the header text in Blogger you can do so by adding .Header h1 { } to your CSS and adding the style code between the brackets.

      1. i’m sorry. i din’t mean the header logo.
        I thought about the h1, h2, … headers.
        okay I will have a look, where I change the css.
        thank you.

  5. Thankyou thankyou thankyou for sharing. I have just found you and subscribed via bloglovin. So much information for dummy’s like me who really just want to create a nice looking blog and not learn – to me – what amounts to calculus or physics. Happy new year to you. Cheers

  6. Thank you so much for this list! I just subscribed and been reading all these articles since I found the site. I think they are very user-friendly, and easy to understand, so thank you for your work once again 🙂

    ps. I left my site, but it’s in spanish, sorry!

  7. How do you change the font in the huge section that you post in to the siderbar?
    Like I dont want the same fonts on the sidebar and the posty thing?

    1. Depending on what template you are using you may be able to change the sidebar text in the Template Designer (Template > Customise > Advanced > Gadget Text) if not, you could manually change the sidebar text by adding .column-right-outer, .column-left-outer, .column-right-outer span { font-family: FONTNAME; } above </b:skin> in Template > Edit HTML.

  8. Hi Ellie,

    I’m sure you’ve probably covered this but I’d love to know how to add a search tab to my blog i.e. people type in a key word and it find posts/pages relevant!

    Thanks for your great tutorials!


    1. Hello! Brilliant idea for a tutorial, it’s quite simple to do but styling can be a bit tricky. Will definitely do a tutorial soon but all you have to do is add the code for a search bar to the navigation (navigation tutorials here). You can use a third party search bar, code your own or use the code from the gadget on Blogger.

      1. Hi Ellie! I am also interested about this tutorial. Your tutorials are so great! I found a tutorial in the internet for adding a custom search bar to the sidebar but I am not entirely happy with it. I am wondering if it’s possible to add the search box above header in blogger?

        Thank you!

  9. Hi Ellie,

    I am wondering how to add the email subscription form and social media icons to the header section. You can see what I’m wanting on Center Cut Cook. Can you make a tutorial for that? I have search everywhere but I can’t find anything like this. Thank you for your consideration!


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