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Change of Plans

Effective immediately: I will no longer be accepting new makeover orders. I hope to eventually open my waiting list back up to everyone, but for right now, I have decided to lighten my workload in order to spend more time with my family. 

I will continue to accept orders from established customers. If you need a photo switched out or minor changes done to items that I have designed, I would be more than happy to work with you. Please send me a detailed list of everything that you need done and I will send you a quote and time estimate. I will accept most requests from former customers and look forward to hearing from you!

I apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you. For a HUGE list of blog designers, please click here. For help in choosing a designer, check out this tip.

I will continue to write blog tips like I have in the past, but will not be around as much to answer questions. If you need help with something and I have not responded to your question in a timely manner, please submit your question to the Blogger Help Group. There are lots of friendly people there who can help you.

Thanks in advance for your patience and understanding.  :)

Make Snow Fall On Your Blog!

Last year, I published a tip on how to put falling snow on your blog. It was such a big hit that I thought I would bring it to your attention again. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!

Click here to put falling snow on your blog! It's SO easy! :)

How to Put a Copyright Symbol on Your Blog

Since publishing the tip on how to add recurring words to a post (like my copyright blurb), I have had several requests for how to make the little copyright symbol. Of course, I am more than happy to share how I do it!

All you have to do is copy the symbol and paste it into your post. It really is that easy! Here's one that you can copy. Go ahead. I don't mind!

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To copy the symbol on a PC, highlight it with your mouse. Then right click on it and select 'copy'. Position your mouse where ever you want to paste it. Click to make the flashing cursor appear. Right click and select 'paste'. That should do it! You can also use the shortcuts ctrl+c to copy and ctrl+v to paste. 

Click here to learn how to do make a copyright symbol the hard way. :)

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Recurring Words on Posts
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Adding Recurring Words/Images to Posts

Updated: I have had several requests for a tip on how to make the copyright symbol. It's super easy! Click here to check it out!

Did you know that you can add recurring words to your posts? The copyright blurb at the bottom of my recent posts was added this way. It appears automatically every time I write something new. It's already built in, so all I have to do is change the link and I'm done!

This is an intermediate tip. There is no risk to your template, but it can be quite nerve wracking to get everything 'just so'. 

How to add recurring words to your posts:

1. Figure out what you want to put in every post.

2. Open a new post in compose mode. Write the words that you would like to automatically appear every time you write something new. Do not put anything else in the post.


3. Delete the spacing above and below the wording. Preview and make sure it looks like you want it to.

4. Click on the edit html tab (under pink arrow below) and copy the entire code that appears in the big box:


5. Go to the formatting section of your blog. (dashboard-->settings-->formatting)

6. Scroll all the way down to the Post Template section.

7. Paste the code from step 4 into the box and save. If your signature code is already in this box, you will need to choose whether you want your new words above or below your signature. Then paste the new code in the desired place. Use <p> and <br> to help with spacing.



8. Check your work.

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To check your work:

1. Create a test post.

2. You'll see your wording at the top of the box. If you want the wording to appear at the bottom of the post, write above it. If you want it to appear at the top, write below it.

3. Publish.

4. Click on 'View Post' so that you can see what the finished product looks like. If you are unhappy with the way it looks, go back into the post and repeat the above steps until you get it looking exactly like you want it.

Sometimes what appears in the compose mode and preview is not always what shows up in the actual post. This is why it is important to check your work. It may take several attempts (and a big headache!) before you are completely satisfied. To be honest, you may never be completely satisfied with it. I have to make one minor change to my copyright paragraph before I publish it. Sure beats typing out the entire thing, though!

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To remove the wording:

1. Go to your formatting section.

2. Delete the code that you put in the Post Template box. Save.

This will not remove the words from previous posts, but it will remove it from future posts.

Related posts:
How to Make a Copyright Symbol
Adding a Signature to Your Posts
Creating an Announcement

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Facebook Symbols

Okay, so this tip has nothing to do with blogging, but I just had to share! I stumbled upon this site a few weeks ago when I wanted to put a music note on my Facebook status. I already knew how to make a heart using the < sign followed by the 3. I knew that there had to be a code for the music note, as I had seen it on a friend's status. I wanted it and was determined to find out how to do it!

This site does not give you the codes for the symbols, rather it displays them for you to copy and paste. This is SO easy! You don't have to download anything, you don't have to type in special codes. All you have to do is copy and paste! Too cool! Click here to search for all sorts of symbols, including an airplane (my favorite).

To copy a symbol, highlight it and type CTRL and C at the same time or right click and select 'copy'. To paste, position your cursor where you want it to go and type CTRL and V at the same time or right click and select 'paste'.

Go forth and make your wall a prettier place! :)

Updated: Click here for more neat symbols! Thanks, Micael!

Check these out, too! Thanks, Calamityanne!

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Modifying Photobucket Codes for Post Photos

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I used to use Photobucket for all of the photos on my personal blog. After I had used it a few times and became acclimated to it, I found it to be a big time saver.

My only problem with it was that when people clicked on my photos, they were directed to my Photobucket album. Not cool. I didn't want my readers to see everything in my PB account. Not that there was anything to hide, I just didn't want all of my family photos out there for the whole world to see.

I figured out that I could change my Photobucket account settings so that my photos would not automatically link back to my album. Here's how you can do the same thing:

1. Log into your Photobucket account.
2. Click on 'My Home' (at the very top)
3. Click on 'Account Settings'
4. Scroll down until you find this section (under Album Settings):
5. Uncheck the boxes labeled 'Images Link Back To Album' and 'Allow others to see image location'. While you're in there, go ahead and uncheck the other boxes that you didn't know where there that make you uncomfortable.

6. Scroll down to the bottom and click 'Save' when you're finished.

If you would like to keep your current Photobucket settings, you can manually remove the link back to your album for each photo. Here's how:

Click on any of the html code images below for a larger view. Use the back button to return back to this post.

1. Locate the html code for the photo that you would like to change.

2. Delete the link to your Photobucket album, along with the words target='blank'. Keep the quotation marks. Only delete the blue section above. DO NOT DELETE THE DIRECT LINK TO THE PHOTO (after src=), as this will delete the photo. Of course, your blue section will look differently because it will have your info in it. When your readers click on the photo, they will be taken back to the top of the post.

3. Sometimes, photos uploaded via PB can be slow to load on your blog. When this happens, you'll see the word Photobucket in the photo's place. You can change this word by deleting it from the html code and replacing it with whatever you'd like. You can even delete it entirely if you'd prefer there not be a word in the photos place while it is loading. Whatever you do, keep the quotation marks! I used to replace the word Photobucket with a description of the photo so that my readers would know what was in the photo that they were waiting on.

This is what the html code looks like for the photo at the top of this post:

Have fun!

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Everyday Elements Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Everyday Elements giveaway via Random.org is:
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Congratulations, Betty! Thanks to all who entered! :)

How To Create Pages for a Custom Navigation Bar

A navigation bar is a great tool to have. It helps your readers easily find the information that they are looking for. Most readers spend less than one minute on each blog that they visit. They do not have the time (or the want-to) to browse through your sidebar for information. Having a navigation bar at the top of the page will make it easier for your readers to spend a little more time learning about your blog and all it has to offer.

Many of my customers who order a custom navigation bar feel overwhelmed by having to provide a url for each nav bar tab. They think that they have to create a special 'page' for it. The good news is that this is a super easy thing to do! It looks intimidating because it is a foreign idea, but the truth is that you can create a page for your nav bar by simply WRITING A POST. A page is a post, a post is a page. Earth shattering news, I know! Once you understand that concept, creating nav bar links is easy!

You can easily create a simple navigation bar by adding a 'Pages' gadget from your Page Elements page. When you create a nav bar using the Blogger gadget, it is probably easier to use the built-in pages function instead of posts. Be forewarned, nav bars created this way do not lend themselves to customization. If you are wanting a custom nav bar, one that is nicely centered below your header or that uses different fonts and colors than the ones on your blog, you will either need to hire a blog designer to create one for you or build the gadget yourself. Posts on how to create your own nav bar (advanced) and how to create a simple Blogger one (beginner) are coming soon.

This tutorial will focus on how to create posts for a custom navigation bar. Before we get started, you'll need to know a little nav bar lingo.

Navigation Bar Terms

Nav bar (navigation bar, menu bar): A navigation bar is a group of links that helps your readers easily navigate your blog to find what they are looking for. The nav bar on my blog is a row of links that sits below my header.


Url: A url is a web address. Every website has a url. Every post on your blog has a url. The url for this blog is http://sneakymommablogdesign.blogspot.com/. The url for this post is http://sneakymommablogdesign.blogspot.com/2010/10/how-to-create-pages-for-custom.html. A url can be found by going to the page you would like the url for and looking up at the very top of your computer screen (refer to above image) The long, skinny box will contain most (if not all) of the url. Simply clicking on the characters should highlight the whole thing, even the characters that are out of view. To see the url for a specific post, you'll need to click on its title. Click here for help locating the url for a specific post.

Tab (hotspot): A tab is the individual word(s) or image in a nav bar that your readers will click on to get where they want to go. Each tab needs a url to link to. My nav bar contains five tabs. Each tab consists of a flower and word(s). Each tab links to a specific post (url) on my blog.

Steps to writing posts for nav bar tabs

1. Write the post. Include everything in the post (photos, images, links, etc.) that you want your readers to see when they click on the tab that will link to it.

2. Backdate the post if you wish. When you backdate a post, it will not appear as the first post on your blog. It will appear on your readers' reading list when you first publish it, though.

3. Publish the post.

4. Click on 'view post'.

5. Copy the url (web address) at the very top of the computer screen and paste it somewhere for future use. I like to open up a new Word or Wordpad document so that I can easily keep up with the urls for all of my nav bar tabs. For more help with finding the url for a specific post, click here.

Common Nav Bar Tabs

Home: The home tab does not need a post. All it needs is the url of your blog.The url of your blog can most often be found by clicking on your header.

About: Write a post about yourself and/or your blog. Stick a photo in it if you'd like.

Friends: Create a post with your friends' blog buttons in it. To do this, click on the 'edit html' tab and paste the html codes to the buttons into it. If you'd like them all to be centered, put centering tags at the very top and bottom of the post.

Contact: You can link directly to your email address (no post needed) or you can create a post with your contact information in it.

Etsy shop/Flickr/Other Blog or Website: No post needed for this one, either. Go to the site you want to link to and copy the url up at the top of the screen. Easy peasy.

Previously Published Posts: Go to your 'Edit Posts' page. Scroll down to the post you'd like to link to. Click on 'view'. Copy the url and you're all set!

Labels: Want to link to a specific label on your blog? Perhaps you would like to share all of the posts labeled 'recipes' on your blog. To get the url, you'll need to click on the recipes label in your sidebar and copy the url at the top of the page. If you do not have the labels gadget on your blog, you will need to temporarily put one there so that you can get the url. Once the recipes tab has been created and clicked on, all of the posts that you have labeled 'recipes' will show up in order, most recent first.

If you have not labeled all of your recipes with the same label, you'll need to go in and do so before you can get the url for it. Check out Sondra's blog and click on her recipes tab to see an example of this. Her household, giveaways, and reviews tabs are also linked to labels.

Multiple Posts: Want to link to several posts from one tab in the nav bar? Not going to happen! You can only link to one url per tab. You can link to multiple posts only if you create a single post that contains links to all the posts that you want to share in it. The Favorite Posts tab on Aleta's blog was created this way.

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In order to have a nav bar, you must have a url for each tab. If you do not have a url for a tab, you must create one. There is NOTHING difficult at all about creating a page for a tab to link to. A nav bar page is just a post. JUST A POST. A simple post that you can write just like you write any other post. A simple post that you can edit, add photos to.....it's just a post!

Have fun creating the pages for your nav bar! Be creative! Let the blogging world have easy access to the things on your blog that you think are most important. You (and your readers) will be glad you did!

Related Posts
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Nav Bar w/Images
Link to Specific Posts
Put a Photo in a Post
Center HTML Images 
Link Directly to an Email Address 
Order a Custom Navigation Bar



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Everyday Elements Review

***This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Betty! :)

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I used to have a personal blog. I loved sharing stories and photos of my family, but was dissatisfied with straight out of the camera shots that were taken with my point and shoot camera. So many other mommy bloggers shared high-quality photos on their blogs and I wanted to do the same.

I heard through the grapevine that I could edit photos on Photoshop Elements (PSE) that were taken with my point and shoot camera and achieve the sharp photos that I desired.  I purchased the program (PSE7) and was excited that I would soon be able to turn ordinary pictures of my family into beautifully edited photos. My gung ho attitude changed the moment I opened the program on my computer. I was SO overwhelmed! All of those tools were available to me yet I had no clue how to use them. I tried the help section. No help at all! The online tutorials drove me crazy. Many of them were over my head. I needed help, help for the beginning, amateur photographer who had never edited a photo before and therefore had no clue what she was doing!

I owned PSE7 for two years and did not edit a single photo. I was able to use it in my blog design business (thank goodness), but when it came to editing photos, I was so incredibly intimidated. That all changed when I learned that my friend, Amanda (of Beautiful Blog Designs) was offering workshops on how to edit photos using Photoshop Elements. I visited her Everyday Elements site and learned that she offered several different workshops for photographers at all levels of expertise, starting at $35. I was intrigued!

I signed up for a private workshop since I wasn't sure whether I belonged in the beginner or intermediate class. I was a little leery about how the technology side of it would work (I’ve never taken an online, interactive class before) and was surprised by how easy it was to get everything set up. We started our online session and it didn’t take long to determine that even though I had worked with PSE for two years, I was most definitely in the beginner category when it came to editing photos.

Amanda went through all of the PSE quick edit tools and how to use them (on the left side of the screen). She talked to me about the benefits of shooting in RAW (by then we had purchased a DSLR) and showed me how to edit a photo in that mode. She taught me how to use actions and masks. Most importantly, she walked me through the basic steps of editing a photo. Amanda took photos that were straight out of the camera and tweaked them so that they looked polished and professional. Exactly what I wanted to learn how to do! The best thing was that I was able to watch her work and listen as she explained step-by-step everything she was doing. She answered every question I had and taught me so much more than I expected!

After our session was over, I was looking over the freebies that she had given me and determined that they alone were worth the cost of the workshop. I was so happy that she gave me a set of class notes (seven pages with easy-to-understand steps) and links to beginner video tutorials to help me with everything that she had shown me. She also gave me five actions (can't say enough about how cool these are!) to use on my own photos. If I need help, I can visit Everyday Elements on facebook and ask a question. I can submit a photo that I have edited to her Flickr group and ask for suggestions on how to make it better. Everything mentioned in this paragraph is included in all of her workshops. What a deal!

Amanda is incredibly sweet and patient. She is a hardworking mother of four who genuinely loves to help people with their photo editing skills. She wants everyone who is interested in learning more about PSE to be able to do so at an affordable price, which is why her workshop fees are so much lower than those of her competitors. She offers tons of free advice and freebies on her blog and facebook page as well as links to other free resources.

I’m so glad that I now have the technical know-how to create beautiful photos of my family without having to go through a professional photographer. I am soooooo looking forward to taking the intermediate workshop!

Guess what? Amanda is giving away a seat in one of her beginner, intermediate, advanced, or photography workshops along with her large set of creative actions! There’s something in this giveaway for everyone, regardless of whether you are a complete newbie to the photography world (like I was) or an advanced photographer who thinks that they know everything there is to know about PSE and editing photos.

To enter, all you have to do is visit Everyday Elements and leave a single comment on this blog telling me something that you learned along with your email address so that I can contact you if you win. That’s it! This is a required entry, so please don’t skip it!

To increase your chances of winning, you can earn additional entries by doing the following and leaving a separate comment for each:
  • Follow Everyday Elements on Twitter
  • Grab Everyday Element's button and put it on your blog
  • Follow Sneaky Momma Blog Design via Google Friend Connect
  • Follow Sneaky Momma Blog Design on Twitter
  • Grab a Sneaky Momma Blog Design button and put it on your blog
  • Blog about this giveaway (include url to the post in your comment)
  • Tweet about this giveaway by copying and pasting the following into a new tweet: @bbsneakymomma @AmandaPadgett Got Photoshop Elements? Win a seat in an Everyday Elements WS and lg action pack! http://tinyurl.com/25dd6ku
You have a week to enter. One winner will be randomly selected next Tuesday (the 26th). The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Thanks for entering! Good luck! :)

Dashboard Shortcut

It used to drive me crazy when I would be on one of my blogs' home pages and I would need to go to my dashboard. I would go through the 'New Post' or 'Design' links in the top right hand corner of the screen to get there. Only took about five seconds off my life, but it frustrated me that Blogger did not have a link to the dashboard directly from my blogs' home page.

Turns out there IS a link to the dashboard from a blog's home page! It is up on the Blogger nav bar (the thin strip that runs across the top of the blog with the search box).


To get to the dashboard from your blog's home page (or any other Blogger blog for that matter), all you have to do is click on the orange Blogger icon on the far left. If you are not logged in, you will be directed to the login page.

I about smacked myself in the head when I figured this out. How easy is that???????

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Linking Directly to an Email Address - Beginner

It's easy to link directly to an email address from a post or gadget on your blog. Here's how:

1. Open the post or gadget and type in exactly how you would like the sentence/phrase to look.
EX: Click here to order a makeover.

2. Highlight the word that you would like to link directly to your email address and click on the link button.

3. Erase everything in the box. Type in mailto: followed immediately by your email address. No spaces. :) Click OK.



4. Check the email address and make sure it works. This is important!

If you use Blogger's updated editor, all you have to do to put an email address in a post is type in the link, click on the link button and select 'this is an email address'. SUPER easy! :)

When your readers click on the direct link to your email address, they will be taken to a blank email form on the email service that they have assigned to automatically open with direct email links. In other words, some people will be able to write you an email straightaway, others will have to copy the email address in the form and paste it in a new message via their preferred email provider.

A note about safety: Linking directly to an email address will NOT protect it from spambots. To protect your email address from spambots, you'll need to avoid using the at and period signs (@ .) when sharing your email address anywhere on your blog. That's why you'll sometimes see people write their email addresses out like this: sneakymomma AT yahoo DOT com.

Related Posts:
How to Switch Between Old and Updated Editors
Email and Your Profile
Protect Your Email Address

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Switching from Old Editor to Updated Editor

A couple of years ago, Blogger created a new editor. An editor (in blogspeak) is the place where you write your posts. The new editor had many great features, including the ability to link to an email address and more photo options. Despite these time-saving additions, many bloggers (myself included) preferred working with the older editor. Being the kind folks that they are, Blogger decided to leave the old editor up as an option for those of use who were not excited about changing the way we edited our posts.

Most of my tips are written for the old editor. Why? Because that's what I am most familiar with. There's nothing wrong with the new editor. I find that it is really user friendly to new bloggers. I wish it had been around when I first started blogging, as that is what I would have learned on. If you're wondering why the images in my tips don't look exactly like the images on your screen, you're probably using the updated editor.

There may come a time when you'd like to switch editors. Perhaps you use the old editor and wish to explore the options on the new editor. Or maybe you've never even seen the old editor and wish to check it out (blogs created after the new editor was introduced automatically default to the new editor). Good news is that it is easy to switch back and forth between the two.

How to switch editors:

1. Go to your basic settings page. settings tab-->basic tab


2. Scroll down to the Global Settings section.3. Select old editor or updated editor.

4. Click on SAVE SETTINGS.

When you're ready to switch back, just repeat the above process and choose the other editor.

Which editor do you prefer? :)

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Free Blog Tips!

A list of tips by category can be found in my sidebar. :)

Tips By Ability Level


Beginner tips are tips that anyone can use.


Most intermediate tips require a little more skill when it comes to working with HTML. Download a copy of your template if a tip calls for making changes to the HTML of your blog. Use a practice blog if you are at all uncomfortable.


Advanced tips are for users who have successfully implemented beginner and intermediate tips with ease. They can be very difficult and most require several attempts before getting them right. Serious problems can result if a mistake is made while using an advanced tip, so try them on a practice blog first. As always, make sure to download a copy of your template before working on your real blog.

Alphabetical List Of All Tips

Backdating (Hiding) a Post

Ever want to write a post that you want to hide*? Perhaps you have created a navigation (menu) bar and would like to create a few posts to link to without them being the topmost posts on your blog.

How to backdate a post:

1. Write the post.

2. Click on Post Options (below the post box - circled in red below):


3. Change the date under 'Post date and time' (underscored in green above) to a date before the dates of the posts on your top page.

4. Publish. The post will show up on your blog in chronological order along with your other posts.

If you need to edit a backdated post, you can click on the little pencil at the bottom of the post or go to your edit posts section and scroll down until you find it. Remember to look for the date you set for the post, not the actual date that you published it on. :)

*You cannot completely hide a post that has been published on your blog. As my blogging friend Donna reminded me, published posts will show up in your friends' blog roll, regardless of what date you put on them. As I mentioned above, people can also view the backdated post by scrolling down and hitting 'older posts'. It will also show up in your blog archive. For this reason, if you want the post to be as hidden as possible, choose a date in the past that has long gone by.

Related Posts:
How to schedule posts so that they will automatically publish
How to make a custom navigation (menu) bar

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More Color Choices!

Recently Blogger reconfigured their Fonts and Colors section. Previously, we were only given a 10-12 color palette to choose from. Now they have added a way for us to choose from tons of colors. Check it out!

1. Go to the Fonts and Colors section (click here for help finding it).


2. Click on the color beside the six digit hex code:




3. A box will pop up with a color chart on it and other shades to choose from. You can either click on a preselected color or click inside the large box and select a more precise color. Click on the slide at the top to change the color inside the big box.



Personally, I have found this new feature to be a BIG help! It doesn't give me as many choices as ColorZilla does, but it sure does a better job than the limited color palette that we had to choose from before!

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Safeguarding Your Email Address

Not too long ago, I started receiving a lot of spam in my email inbox. The only place I had ever used my email address was on my blog. It was written out as is (ex: sneaky@yahoo.com). Didn't take long to figure out that spambots had combed my blog and found it.

I tried linking directly to my email address so that when people clicked on the link, they were taken to their email, where their compose message box would pop up already addressed to me. I found that many people did not have their email configured to automatically open with the direct link, so I began searching for another way to share my email address.

Through an internet search I found Scrim. Using Scrim allows my readers to click on a link on my blog to get my email address. It doesn't take them directly to their email, but to the Scrim site, where my email address can be retrieved after a very simple word verification step.

Word verification is a big turn off for me, but the wv on Scrim takes only a quick click of a mouse.

I like to use my scrim link in combination with a direct link for those of my readers who prefer to easily click and send me an email. What safeguards have you successfully used on your blog to protect your email address?

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Easy Social Links (Share Buttons)


Recently Blogger added an easy way to put social links (they call them share buttons) on Blogger blogs. They appear right at the bottom of each post and enable your readers to easily share a link to your post on their own Facebook and Twitter accounts. There are also buttons for email, Google Buzz, and Blogger. Cool!

Click on images to enlarge.

To install these links on your blog, go to your page elements page. Click on 'edit' in the blog posts section.


Scroll down and check the 'Show Share Buttons' box. Save.

This tip will not work for everyone, especially if you have modified your post footer or have had a blog makeover. Click here for a tip on how to add share buttons to a customized template. I can add share buttons to blogs that I have designed for $5.

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Linking to a Specific Post

Ever wondered how to link to an individual post? Perhaps someone wrote something a long time ago that you really want to link back to in order to share it with your readers. You know how to link to a blog, but how on earth do you link to a single post? You'll be surprised by how easy this is!

Find the post that you'd like to link to. Click on the title.


Look up at the very top of your computer screen. Copy (ctrl + c) the url (web address - highlighted in blue above) in the long box. That, my friends, is the url for that specific post! Be sure to copy the whole thing. Try triple clicking to get it all in one fell swoop.

Putting a link to an individual post is the same as putting any old link into a post. All you have to do is create a link and paste (ctrl + v) in the url when directed. Voila!

Don't know how to put a link in a post? No worries! Click here for easy instructions!

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Housekeeping

I have a ton of things that I need to share with you all! Some of it is information that you have heard before, other things are brand new. Here goes!

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I love helping others, but have found it impossible to keep up with all of the requests that I receive for free blog help. If would like for me to help you with your blog, here's what you need to do:

* Find a related tip and read through the comments section. Also, check out the comments left in my Help Me! post. I answer all blog help questions with reply comments so that many can benefit from my answers. Very often you will find exactly what you're looking for down there. I sometimes think that my comments section is far more informative than my posts!

* Leave a comment on any of my posts, preferable one that is related to the topic that you are needing help with. Make sure to check the 'subscribe to all comments by email' box. If you have left a question, I will respond in a reply comment within a few days or so. Once you have seen my reply, you can easily unsubscribe to future comments left on that post by following the directions in the email. When leaving a comment, please include a link to the URL (web address) of your blog.

* If you need technical help and wish for me to actually go in and fix something on your blog, please send me a detailed email describing the problem along with your url and I will send you a quote. I charge a very low $10/hour (1 hour minimum) to diagnose and fix problems. Most problems can be resolved within an hour. Please note that I do not respond to questions for free help via email, as I would literally be on the computer all day. If you want free help, please leave a comment on my blog and I will respond in a reply comment.

* If you'd like to order a custom makeover, click here to visit my makeover blog. I offer makeovers from $35-$100 and can create individual blog components, no makeover purchase required.

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You can now follow this blog on Facebook and Twitter! To find my Facebook page, click here or on the little heart in my sidebar. To find me on Twitter, you can click here or on the little birdie next to the FB heart.

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Do you host a feature (meme) on your blog that encourages your readers to write a post on their blog and link up to yours via Mr. Linky or MckLinky or the like? I will be including a list of blogs with features like these in an upcoming post on the benefits of participation and would love to include yours! If you would like for your meme to be listed, please let me know by leaving the name of your meme and url to your blog in the comments section below.

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Need help with all of the recent changes to Blogger? I have written a few tips that you may find helpful:

About the New Templates and Finding your Page Elements page
Changing the Fonts and Colors on Your Current Template
HTML Gadget Title Issues
Finding the Older Templates

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When leaving a comment, please include the url (web address) of your blog. The one thing that absolutely drives me crazy about using Disqus is that it does not automatically give me the url of the commenter's profile like the Blogger system does. I enjoy visiting the blogs of my readers, but can only do so if the url (web address) for your blog is left on your comment. Thanks so much!

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Last but not least, I will be away from my computer from June 27-July 5th. Time for a little bloggy vacation! I will not be replying to comments or responding to emails until I return. To all of my American friends, I hope you have a safe and happy 4th! :)

HTML Gadget Title Issues


I recently tried to add a html gadget to my sidebar. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that I could not save the gadget without adding a title. Leaving the title field empty is a must when it comes to many of my html gadgets, like navigation bars and custom sidebar titles.

I don't know if this is just a glitch that Blogger will fix or if this quirk is here to stay. The good thing is that there is a way around it.


Simply type <h2></h2> in the title field as a place holder, as shown in the image above. You will be able to save the gadget and the characters will not show up on your blog. The one thing that stinks (aside from having to do this in the first place) is that you'll have to do this EVERY TIME you open the gadget. Small price to pay to have a title free gadget, I guess!

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Where Did the Fonts and Colors Section Go?????

Have you tried changing anything on your blog by using the Fonts and Colors feature since Blogger started this new template business? You were probably as shocked as I was to find that the Fonts and Colors tab is no longer there.


The good news is that the fonts and colors section can be found by clicking on Template Designer New! (underlined in pink above) on your page elements page.


Then click on Advanced at the bottom of the menu on the left. You can change the fonts and colors of the new and older templates (like minima) here.


When you have everything the way you want it, click on APPLY TO BLOG and then Back to Blogger. Both of these can be found at the top of the page.

Of course, if you'd rather do things the html way, you can always read through this tip to find out how to change your link colors manually. :)

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What do you think of the new templates so far? The more I explore, the more I like them. Anyone have a really good experience they’d like to share????

Have a question about the new changes? I have found the Layouts and Templates section of the Blogger Help Forum to be very helpful. As always, you’re more than welcome to ask anything in the comments section below. Please be sure to include your url (web address) in your comment.

Special thanks to Katney and Late Night Guy for their help!

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Where Did the Option for My Favorite Template Go?
Do I Have To Change My Template?????

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Where Did The Old Templates Go????


Thankfully, nowhere! The option for an older template, such as minima, rounders, etc., has been moved from the top of the edit html section to the very bottom. Whew!

Unless you have a classic template from before 2006, you will want to click on 'Select Layout Template' (circled in purple above) to get to the templates that you were able to choose from before.

If you have accidentally chosen a new template and wish to go back to your old one, you can do so by going to your page elements page and clicking on 'edit html'. Scroll to the bottom as mentioned above. Your customization will be lost and you will have to start over again. This is why it is important to have a copy of your current template downloaded and saved to your computer. Downloading your template backs up the changes you have made to your template, while backing up your blog backs up your posts. You need to do both!

The fact that Blogger still allows people to choose from the classic templates (which were the choices before 2006) is a very good thing. That means that we will probably have access to the minima template for a long time.

The newer templates are a lot easier to use (I've heard) and offer simple ways to get advanced options, such as a three column layout. I will be exploring the new templates in the weeks to come!

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Please do not copy and paste my words and images into your own posts. I work hard on my tips and wish for everything to remain on this blog. Want to share this tip with your readers? Feel free to link to this post: http://sneakymommablogdesign.blogspot.com/2010/06/where-did-old-templates-go.html Thanks! :)