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  • understanding Google's new ranking factors - core web vitals

    Core Web Vitals

    February 23, 2021 |

    As Google focuses more and more on rewarding excellent user experience it is time to start looking at more than just some performance indicators.
    In this post, I am going to talk a bit about what the Core Web Vitals are and what they mean for your blog. 

    As always I will do my best to keep it understandable for non-techies!
    More about Core Web Vitals here

  • how to connect to your audience with Tailwind

    If you want to get the most out of Pinterest, without spending hours of your time on your Pins, then you should use Tailwind for sure.

    Let me explain Tailwind and what you can do with it in this first article of a series of posts on how to get the most out of Tailwind.More about Get Better Pins in Less Time with Tailwind for Pinterest here

  • Use Canva to Save Time Creating Visuals

    Canva

    February 21, 2021 |

    There are a gazillion images that you can buy or download for free, but when it comes to that picture that you need for your blog…
    No problem, I hear you think, there are also hundreds of photo-editing applications available, so let’s get one.

    But when you start them and take a look at all the tools the user interface offers you, you feel the first signs of frustration, growing in the back of your mind.

    And then there was Canva!

    More about Canva here

  • create board covers for Pinterest in minutes

    Would you like to give your Pinterest boards a more professional look? Then keep on reading as I will explain in this easy step-by-step mini-tutorial how you can create Pinterest board covers in minutes!

    More about Create Pinterest Board Covers in Minutes here

  • How to start as a newbie

    How to Start a Blog as a Newbie

    February 13, 2021 |

    Starting a blog is a great way to share your thoughts and stories while building a source of income on the side. It might seem hard, and frankly, it can be, but with a little help and guidance, you really can have your own blog out there in no time.

    I would like to help you get your own blog online, which is why I wanted to write this blog post.More about How to Start a Blog as a Newbie here

  • Make Your Pins Pop

    February 11, 2021 |

    By now a lot of you already know some of the basics of getting your pins noticed on Pinterest. You need to make your pins pop so they get noticed in that overwhelming stream of pins.

    They need to have bright, beautiful colors, big fonts, not too much text, and as a lot of pinners claim: they also need fresh and original images.
    Now, I don’t disagree, but I do believe that pins without images can be beautiful and noticeable too.

    Made with Canva

    I use Canva to create my visuals for Pinterest and while I was playing with some new concepts, I got a result that I believe is really nice and decided to write this ‘Make Your Pins Pop’ post.

    In this short tutorial, I would like to explain how I did it (it’s really easy).

    Before we start I will show you the end result, in case you missed the pin.

    Outstanding

    This tutorial is about how I did the ‘shadows’ of the word ‘outstanding’.
    Canva has a lot of very user-friendly tools, even in the free version, but still, they are limited. Tools like Photoshop have far more features, but it is pretty complex and difficult to learn.

    Canva is perfect for quickly designing pins, Instagram visuals, printables, business cards and-so-forth.

    If you haven’t started using it, then do yourself a favor and register for an account. It has a free version, but you probably want to go premium fast. You can try the Pro version for free over a period of 30 days.

    Now, here is the pin I used it on:

    Make Your Pins Pop

    You see that I’m playing around with different ways to make simple words attractive, without using images.

    A Little More Work

    As I said, Canva has a lot of tools. The neon glow is a default one.
    I used the same word twice and placed them on top of each other to emphasize the effect of a glow behind it.

    The long shadows are a little more labor-intensive.

    If you have a blog or want to start one, then I can imagine that you have less time available. The following steps will take more time, but because of the user-friendliness and easy learning curve of Canva, you will find that after two or three times, you will speed up automatically.

    Step1:

    Create a new design (preferably a pin template) and select a suitable font from the list.
    I recommend not using the fancy ones, but keep them bold and beautiful.

    Align the text to the sides and center it. Make sure you have enough space left on the sides.

    step 1

    Step 2:

    We are going to create a textbox for every character of the word.
    I chose to keep the outer characters ‘flat’.

    Place them above the matching characters in the complete word. Canva ‘snaps’ them in place when you get close to the right position.
    I have placed them a little lower in my example, for illustration purposes. You need to align them perfectly.

    Give them a dark color and a subtle shadow.

    step 2

    With all the separate characters selected, right-click and select ‘Group‘.

    Step 3:

    Right-click again en select ‘send to back’. Make sure that you do not lose the selection (by clicking on something else).

    step 3

    Step 4:

    Now with the cursor keys on your keyboard, shift the selection down and maybe to the right a bit. Three times down was enough for me, but since this may look different from other fonts, I recommend you judge by sight.

    you can play with the effect by shifting left or right also.

    Step 5:

    I hope you still have your selection because we need a copy of it. Use your keyboard again (CTRL-C, CTRL-V) to copy and paste.

    The copy will show up on the top layer, but it will not be aligned. Align it again with the full word.

    Right-click and ungroup the selection.
    Select only the outer characters and delete them.

    I set the transparency of these characters to 80%. You will find it in the right-upper corner (click the checkerboard).

    step 5

    Make a group of the remaining characters (select them all, right-click and select group) and send it to the back.

    Using your cursor keys, shift them into position again.

    That’s basically it.

    Repeat the process until you have no more characters left.

    You can play around with adding more copies when you need to make a transition (if the offset between two layers is too big, you will start to notice a more jagged edge)

    You can also play with the settings of the shadow.

    The words ‘HOW TO’ were done using the same principle, creating the illusion of a long shadow.

    This brings me to an important tip: You don’t have to make it perfect!
    The suggestion of a shadow is enough. It doesn’t have to be completely realistic.

    Your pin will be viewed for just a couple of seconds. Your design has to grab the attention, the content (your text) will take over.

    Conclusion

    I had a lot of fun playing with the possibilities this method gives me on top of the features Canva already has.  Hopefully, you have learned a thing or two from this mini-tutorial.

    Show me your pins. I’m curious about what you are going to create! Make your Pins pop!
    O, and while you are at it, maybe share mine?

    Thank you for reading! You are awesome!

  • Finally, I found time and a topic to write another Fix-It Friday post about. Today I want to implement tracking affiliate clicks with Google Analytics 4. 

    There are a lot of ways to track if visitors clicked your affiliate links and plugins like ThirstyAffiliates make it very easy to do.

    I want to have these reports appear in my Google Analytics dashboard, without depending on the implementation of a third-party plugin, so I can switch plugins without losing information.

    More about Tracking Affiliate Clicks with Google Analytics 4 here

  • playing with lists

    Let’s start with what I want to accomplish while playing with lists in WordPress. It might give you a bit of an idea of what this post is going to be about.

    The Side Gig Longlist is based around lists. In WordPress, this is quite easy to do, especially with an awesome plugin that I will talk about later.
    What I would like to do is to add some properties to the list-items (the posts) in order to provide more data to my visitors.More about Fix-It Friday – Playing With Lists in WordPress here

  • The idea of this hopefully useful post is that I would like to explore and share with you how to get more out of a 404, or page not found, error.

    Like a lot of bloggers, I am using WordPress as my CMS, but I expect that this information will also be useful if you use other platforms.More about Fix-It Friday – Get more out of a 404 here

  • Fixing Styling Issues in WordPress

    Have you ever added a plugin to your beautiful WordPress theme that was brilliant but didn’t work well with the styling of your theme? This post will learn you a bit about fixing styling issues in WordPress.

    Some plugins will let you customize their styling, but often this is limited and sometimes there is no way to customize it at all.

    In this post I will explain what options you have to fix this, so you can add another tool to your skillset. Don’t worry if you are not a techie, I got your back!
    More about Fix-It Friday – How To Fix Styling Issues here

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