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Why You Should Move Your Background Code

There are so many free backgrounds out there. The only problem is that they often make your blog load slowly. If you like to decorate the sides of your blog with backgrounds made by others, this tip is for you!

Most blogs load from top to bottom, left to right. A custom background code will often be the heaviest image on your blog. I don't know about you, but a background is the last thing I want my readers to see. I would rather my content load first, then my background.

Most sites instruct you to paste their background codes into an HTML gadget, but seldom do they encourage you to move the gadget once you've installed it. I suggest pasting the code into an HTML gadget, then moving the gadget to the very bottom of the rightmost sidebar. This will help your content load faster, which will give an impression of a faster loading blog. Click here for help on moving the gadgets in your sidebar. SUPER easy!

Coming Soon:
How To Install Your Own Background
Store Your Full Sized Background Images For Free!

Related Posts:
Improve The Loading Time Of Your Blog
Awesome Links For Blog Help/Free Backgrounds
Rearrange Your Sidebar Gadgets

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Links: Photos and Images

Did you know that you can link photo/images in your posts to another website, blog or post? If you use your blog to promote your online business, this tip can help increase the traffic from your blog to your site. Post a photo of one of your products and link it directly to where it can be purchased. Doing this will reduce the amount of work your customers have to do to find and purchase your product. Never a bad thing!

How to link up a photo - new editor


1. Upload the photo to your post while in compose mode.
Click on any image in this tip for an enlarged view.

2. Click on the photo/image. The image will become highlighted and a thin placement box will appear below it. While the photo/image is highlighted, click on the blue word "Link" on the editor toolbar.


4. Type in the url of the site/blog/post that you want to link the photo/image to. Click here for help linking to another blog/site or here for help linking to a specific post.


5. Click on OK.

How to link up a photo - old editor

1. Upload the photo to your post while in compose mode.
2. Click on the photo. A thin box should appear around it.
3. Click on the link button, circled in blue below.


4. Type in the url of the site/blog/post that you want to link the photo/image to.


5. Click on OK.

Want these links to open in new windows? Follow this tip! It's a good idea to make the links on your blog open in a new window any time they link to another blog/website. :)


This tip can be helpful for those of you who often link to other blogs/sites. For example: I wanted to share some awesome, easy-to-understand blog tips by Donna over at Funky Junk Interiors. I copied her button image and linked it to her blog tip page. If you click on the image above, you will be taken there. Go check 'em out!

Related Posts:
How To Easily Switch Between Old and New Editors
Format Your Links To Open In New Windows
Linking To Another Blog/Website
Linking To A Specific Post

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Share Buttons For Customized Templates - Intermediate


If you have had difficulty adding the share buttons to the bottom of your posts, this tip is for you!

A little while ago, Blogger came out with a super easy way to add share buttons. To get the buttons, all you had to do was check a little box in your edit posts section. These buttons appeared instantly if you had an original, untouched Blogger template. Problem is that once the post footer section (for signatures, post separators/dividers) has been changed, the share button trick probably won't work.

I figured out an easy way around that issue. It's not very hard to add the buttons, but it does require that you make a change to the HTML of your template. Be sure to download a current copy of your template before beginning.

How To Add Share Buttons To A Tweaked Template:

1. Download your template, then click on Expand Widget Templates.


Click on images to enlarge.


2. Scroll down until you see
<div class="post-footer-line post-footer-line-3">

Windows users: Click here for a tip on how to find things easily within the HTML of your template.


3. Paste the following code directly behind the above code: <span class="post-share-buttons"><b:include data="post" name="shareButtons"></b:include></span>



4. Preview and Save.

Don't like where the share buttons appear? You can experiment with pasting the code in other lines of your post footer. For example: I pasted the code immediately behind the quick edit pencil icon on post footer line 1 because I wanted the share buttons to appear after the comment line instead of below it. Modifying the placement of the code makes this an advanced tip, so use extreme caution and go super slow.

If I have put a signature or post separator on your blog and you desire share buttons without the hassle, I can add them to your blog for $5.

Oh, and a little unrelated bit of information: I will be accepting new makeover orders this summer. More details to come!

Related Posts:
Add Share Buttons To Your Posts!
Add Tweets To Your Sidebar!
Fun Facebook Symbols

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