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Finally Published! The Dear Blogger Toolbox


As you know, I regularly recommend products, to provide answers, both at the blog and on social media. For a while now I had been thinking of creating a “toolbox” that you could return to again and again for the sake of convenience. But like so many things in life, I just hadn’t gotten around to it.

Well when a reader wrote in asking “what exactly should I install after I start a blog?” I figured the time had come.

So I present you with the complete (and short) list of tools used at Dear Blogger. Feel free to shop around for your own blog, and remember, just because I’m old-fashioned, doesn’t mean I don’t have a few tricks up my sleeve.

p.s. If you have any suggestions of your own, I bet everyone would really enjoy hearing from you! I’ll make this post into a page soon and link it in our menu above, so any comments should give you some good long-lasting visibility!

Open the toolbox »

What No One Tells You About Moving Websites

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Are you a blogger who has his/her own site or are you thinking of getting one?

If you fall into the first category, do you remember some of the problems you faced when you got your own website?

If you fall into the second category, do you want to get your own website but are scared of making the move because you don’t know to expect?

Regardless of whether you have your own site already are thinking of getting one, this article will be beneficial to you because there are many things that no one tells you when you decide to get your own website or self-hosted blog.

Even if you have an excellent tutor and follow informative bloggers or website improvement sites, you will likely run into problems when you make the move to get your own website. I know this now, because in February, I created Wording Well after blogging for free on WordPress.com at Lorraine Reguly’s Life. I feel like I’m starting from scratch even though I’ve been blogging for over a year! Setting everything up takes a lot of time and there are a few things that no one tells you that you should know. (Perhaps I was told, but forgot?) ;)

Things you have to know about moving sites »

How to Place Your Ad Units Above the Fold for Over 50% More Clicks


Dear Readers,

The top left corner of your blog posts is one area that’s proven to maximize click through rates on your ads.

Problem is, unless you’ve got a premium theme with a section devoted to advertisements, you’re going to have to edit some code on your own to get your ads showing up here.

And when I set out to slap an ad unit here, just like this, in our Adsense Ante-Up, I couldn’t find a tutorial virtually anywhere on how to do this.

So in true Dear Blogger fashion, I wrote down a guide for you guys on how insert your own ad units (or a Facebook box, or whatever) at the top of every blog post.


Note: As for the proof on the title, make sure to check out the screenshots in our last Adsense Update.

Place ads for more clicks »

The 6 Steps to Automatically Send Your eBook (While You Sleep) to Entice New Subscribers


Dear Readers,

If you start an email list, the best way to promote it is simple:

Give a free eBook to new subscribers.

Sure, a newsletter is nice, but the eBook is the invite to the party and in reality most people want something quick and tangible.

So the way we do it is you create an eBook, then email each subscriber individually?

L.O.L. Maybe 20 years ago.

In this post, let’s do it the right way. Let’s deliver an eBook on auto pilot to new subscribers so we can do no work whatsoever in the moment.

Important Note: What you do during that no-work moment is totally up to you ;-]

Automate the eBook process »

Want Your Own (Hosted) Website? Consider These Factors!


Deciding to get your own website is a tough decision. Deciding on a hosting company is even tougher. There are many  things to consider when making these decisions! When The Blogger (Greg Narayan, owner of Dear Blogger) wrote his (first ever!) post for Huffington Post on why you need web hosting, he brought to light an important point: claim ownership of your work.

As a blogger who is also a writer, this is important to me. I like knowing that no one else can take credit for something I have done. Don’t you feel the same way? But there are so many more things to consider when deciding to take the plunge into the world of website ownership and hosting. I have outlined some of them in the following table of pros and cons. Please do not gloss over these points. They deserve contemplation!

As usual, blue boxes mean Greg’s talking. I think you’ll find this next part pretty cool, because where most folks do a WordPress.com vs WordPress.org chart Lorraine does it a bit differently…
(And now pink boxes mean Lorraine’s talking. Ha!) That’s because I’m one of a kind, Greg. . . or haven’t you heard?

Read more »

You and Lorraine Take on Coding: PART I


As Lorraine prepares to launch her new site (check out her pre-announcement post right here) we found ourselves talking about WordPress code over Skype.

Here I am explaining the code I basically live by around here, and I got to thinking…

Why not include it all here, for you guys?

Why not make a whole series out of it??

As you know I’m all about WordPress.org blogs. Maybe a little coding know-how would make you guys feel more comfortable taking the plunge too??

So if you’re curious at all, I think you’ll like this!

You’ll learn how to style text, edit links, create precise images, and float random things known as boxes, all through the Text editor you use every day.

And it’s only PART I.

Let’s code…

Note: ‘Bout midnight as I’m finishing this n’ I’m spent, but still have a crucial question for you at the end. Please don’t leave without dropping off your comments. See below.

Steal our code »

Adsense Ante-Update! (How I’m Getting More Clicks and Where to Put Your Ads)


Dear Readers,

It was with just the right amount of fear that I launched the Adsense Ante Up in early December of 2013 (launch post here). Even the earliest readers know we’ve never fully been blog on how to make money blogging, and these series usually run on the blogs of Pat Flynn and Darren Rowse.

What if things totally flopped? It’s Adsense, afterall…

Yet, with your help and clever ideas, my Honest College blog was able to:

Practically double 2-month look-back revenue
Increase clicks by nearly 50%
Do it all with 16% less pageviews

As I said during launch, I’d give you a recap post after one month, and while I know I’m a bit late, I hope the takeaways in this post will show you that the time is now.

Discover how much Greg increased earnings »

Donut Productivity: How to Write ANY Article Faster


There’s an infinite source of productivity tips online.

Top 5 lists, top 10 lists, top 100 lists . . . (because you all have time for those . . . )

Problem is, there are too many things on them. Yes, they look beautiful and are often well-written, but isn’t it sort of tough to apply everything once you get going?

In this post, I’d like to offer one really simple and tasty technique that should help you write ANY article faster.

I actually pioneered it this morning to bang out an article for HuffPost that’s been in the back of my mind.

Be donut productive »

Can You “Pause” Your Blog? 7 Solutions for Coping with Unexpected Sickness


What do you do when you’re too sick to blog?

I’m not talking about when you’re sick and tired of blogging, but rather when you are in physical pain and are experiencing health problems that prevent you from doing your “job” of writing blog posts and answering comments; when you are literally sick; when you’re ill and just cannot keep up with the demands that blogging brings.

You may not think that this will ever happen to you. And it might not. But what if it does? What are you going to do? Can you put your blog on hold? Can you “pause” your blog?

7 solutions for sickness »

Guitar Zero: Why 2000 Subscribers Are Waiting for You


My blog is growing slowly and I get inconsistent traffic.

It’s an issue me and Mr. Coffee hear most mornings.

If you started a blog and have been at it for 3-6 months the problem isn’t what to write about, it’s who you’re writing to. Lack of readers is the age-old problem but I’m going to bet you have original insight (I’ve been reading a lot of the club’s blogs lately) and you just shouldn’t have to wait for growth.

In this post, I’d like to show you a set of principles that helps me find more subscribers online. None of this is new or ingenious; however, lately, I’ve been using it to create a decent stream of new subscribers straight from social media.

Of course if you’re not doing this yet, you may find yourself in a palm-to-forehead moment or two.

Discover more »

9 Answers to “Why Do You Blog?”


What makes you a successful blogger?

Can’t anyone blog?

Why do you blog?

I heard the age-old questions coming my way across the GQishly decorated gazebo at a reunion over the holidays.

This time though I had my answer.

In the past, you may have struggled with this question — I know I have.

But as members of the blogging community, we have to defend our work or risk looking like total hermits to people, who though educated, just don’t get what we do for the web.

So in this post, and in typical Dear Blogger form, I’d like to offer 9 potential concise answers to the above.

I really hope this helps next time you’re interrogated at a party.

Note to readers: As usual I’m curious to hear your best/worst answers to this question because I bet they’re way better than mine. Let us know at the end!

Answer the age-old question »

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