Photoshop someone into a picture for free using PicMonkey

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Ever needed to Photoshop someone into a picture? Even if you don’t have Adobe Photoshop on your computer, you can still edit someone into a photo using a free service called PicMonkey.  Helpful Terminology Overlay - Something laid on top of something else. Background - Any photo or image placed behind other content. Photoshop – Software available from Adobe that allows you to do all sorts of fancy photo editing and manipulation. It’s also become a popular term to describe general photo {Read More}

Customizing the Staples Arc planner for blog conferences

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A new year of blog conferences is almost upon us, which means it’s time to whip out your planner and start organizing. The Staples Arc notebook and accessories are a great option for building & organizing a custom planner for blog conferences. Just a few simple pieces will help you keep all the schedules, business cards, and session notes together from each event you attend. M by Staples™ Arc System  The Staples Arc system is a customizable notebook system that {Read More}

Dear BlogHer Attendees: Don’t Be That Girl

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At every conference I attend, there seems to always be one REALLY good lesson I learn that sticks with me and becomes a permanent part of my blogging existence that I refer to all the time. At BlogHer 2011, I learned to charge for services based on the value I create for the client. At The SITS Girls Brands & Bloggers in 2012, I learned to use the approach that “if it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no” to {Read More}

Kim Kardashian Is Not A Threat To Mommy Bloggers

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My friend Desiree over at The Miracle Momma just sent me a message that Kim Kardashian started a blog. I logged onto Facebook, and I see the drama is already stirring. As I glanced through my newsfeed, I saw several bloggers voicing concerns that this would hurt other mommy bloggers. As someone that runs a blog with a kick-ass reader base and also a blogging network specifically geared towards other mommy bloggers, I will say this once, and I hope {Read More}

3 Reasons The Reviewer Card Is a Bad Idea

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The Los Angeles Times published an article yesterday on the Reviewer Card, the brainchild of entrepreneur Brad Newman to help people that write reviews get better service from the places they visit. The theory is that if you flash your Reviewer Card at a restaurant or store, you’ll get better treatment from the employees or other special perks. My friend Erik forwarded me the article with a request: “Please promise me you won’t get one of these.” Damn right I {Read More}

How To Display A Prize Photo In Your Rafflecopter Giveaway Form

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If you’re a blogger that runs giveaways using Rafflecopter, you should learn this trick to add a prize photo to your entry form. It’s really easy and is a great way to attract more readers to your giveaway. First, log into Rafflecopter. You can use this code whether creating a new giveaway or editing an existing one. Under Add A Prize (or Edit This Prize for existing giveaways), you’ll want to insert a short snippet of code. There are 3 {Read More}

How To Show A Photo Or Logo Next To Your Comments On Blogs

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Have you claimed your Gravatar yet? That’s how you get your photo (or logo) to display next to your comments when you comment on a blog post (like this one!) Your Gravatar is an image that follows you from site to site appearing beside your name when you do things like comment or post on a blog. Avatars help identify your posts on blogs and web forums, so why not on any site? This is what a comment on Life {Read More}

You Asked, They Answered: Internet Security Interview

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A couple weeks ago I mentioned on Facebook that I had the opportunity to interview an internet security expert and asked readers to submit their questions. There were several great questions submitted – here are the answers from Norton Internet Safety Advocate and author Marian Merritt. (You will need Flashplayer installed to view the videos. You can download it for free here.) Budget & Online Banking Software Security My husband and I are considering using an online budget planning service. {Read More}

36 Answers To Common Blogging Questions

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Recently, I’ve been getting a lot of emails from other bloggers asking “how to” questions.   I was a new blogger once, too, so I always do my best to try to help people out. If I get asked a question often enough, I try to write a tutorial, so I can just say hey, here’s the link to some step-by-step instructions! Unfortunately, I don’t always have time (or I lack motivation) to write up a whole blog post about {Read More}

CommentLuv: An Easy Way To Improve Your Page Rank

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CommentLuv is a great WordPress plugin that increases engagement and can also help improve your Google page rank. What is CommentLuv? CommentLuv is a plugin that allows your commenters to link a recent post from their site into the comment they leave on your blog. Usually, there’s a little checkbox next to one of many different CommentLuv icons in the comment area on a post (much like this one). When you check the box, CommentLuv scurries over to your website, {Read More}