November 30, 2015

Doctor Blog #1 - get a free checkup for your blog layout

get tips to improve your blog layout

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas in front of us, it's still the season of giving. Today is the last day of the 50% Thanksgiving discount in my Etsy shops The Dutch Lady Designs and Dutch Lady Digi Design, so if you are in need of some creative clipart or a blog makeover, be sure to check out last week's post that will tell you how to get the discount!

But I have been playing with another idea lately to help out my readers with their blogs. That ultimately resulted in the idea of creating the Doctor Blog post series, and today's post is the first part in that series.

November 27, 2015

Freebie Fridays #69 - Gift & Present Clipart

free present and gift clipart

We're still amidst of the Thanksgiving weekend, meaning that the 50% discount on every item in my Etsy shops is still available until Cyber Monday, November 30th. So if you are in need of a new blog design or some clipart for creative purposes, don't miss out on this chance!

November 25, 2015

50% Discount on almost everything during Thanksgiving Weekend

Thanksgiving Discount 2015 The Dutch Lady Designs

Today I don't have a tutorial or a bunch of blog or business tips to share with you. Instead I want to focus on tomorrow's Thanksgiving holiday in the US and the days following.

November 23, 2015

How to increase the loading speed of your blog page

how to increase your blog's page speed

Just recently I had a very informative Saturday afternoon which left my mind spinning from all the info I received. A good friend of mine hooked me up with another friend of his that works in the field of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). While I have come a long way as far as blog design and graphic design for blogs, Search Engine Optimization is still largely unexplored territory for me. But with the idea in mind to grow my own blog traffic and at the same time being able to inform my clients better on this subject I had to start learning more about this topic.

November 20, 2015

Freebie Fridays #68 - Thanksgiving Labels

free thanksgiving clipart

Did you know that I don't celebrate Thanksgiving? It's just not a holiday we Dutchies are familiar with. But with TV and other media bombarding us with everything from the US, I am now pretty familiar with how you guys celebrate this day.

November 18, 2015

How to make your blog's sidebar work for you

How to make your blog sidebar work for you

Have you ever come across a blog or website where the sidebar looks an awful lot like that little clutter drawer in your kitchen? The type of sidebar that is filled with tons of funny gadgets, buttons, awards and God knows what? I'm sure you have! But in the midst of all this visual turmoil it is hard to find out what the blog is really about and who the blogger is behind it. Does this even sound like I'm describing YOUR sidebar? Then it is about time for some action!

November 16, 2015

How to grow your blog traffic with Gawkerverse

How to grow your blog traffic with Gawkerverse

About a year ago I wrote a post on how to gain more blog traffic through sharing your blog photos on certain platforms. Today I would like to share some of my own recent experiences with one of these platforms, what it is that I did and what it meant for my blog in the hope that it will help you grow your blog traffic as well.

November 13, 2015

Freebie Fridays #67 - Golden Christmas Wreaths

Free golden Christmas wreath clipart

Now that November is nearly half over I thought it would be an appropriate time to share a Christmas freebie. Maybe you are busy looking for Christmas cards to send out to friends and family, and if you're really creative you might want to make them yourself. This week's freebie will help you with that!

November 11, 2015

Blog niches & how to find yours!

finding your blog niche

It's one of those words that you will encounter pretty early on when diving into blogging: Niche. So what is it and how can you find yours? That's the topic I want to cover today since it has taken me quite a bit of time to find mine...

November 9, 2015

Place your post title before your blog title - SEO Tutorial

how to put the post title in front of the blog title

SEO or Search Engine Optimization is a field in which I still have a lot to learn myself. I am currently spending some of my time diving into it in order to get my own blog more visible in search engines, but also to advise my clients better on this subject. But let's be honest, that whole technical language can be quite overwhelming, so I like to start small. And in this post I want to highlight a little tweak that you can easily do yourself to make your Blogger blog (or any other blog) a little more visible in search engines!

November 6, 2015

Freebie Fridays #66 - Autumn Card Designs

free downloadable post cards

It's already November and Autumn is in full swing over here. We still have some beautiful colors around us, but the trees are losing leaves rapidly, so a lot of the color is ending up on the ground.

November 4, 2015

Need blog & business advice? Meet this awesome business babe!

marie forleo

Growing a blog and business is serious work. I bet you all know that. It's about finding things out, trying things out and definitely finding your own voice. It's about creativity, marketing, planning and persistance. And while a good and energetic attitude is probably half the work, we can't do it all by ourselves, can we? Sometimes we just need someone else to give us fresh ideas and tips and tricks to keep things flowing. And my go-to girl for this is miss Marie Forleo!

November 2, 2015

How to install social media icons on Blogger


A really long time ago, like May last year, I wrote a post on how to add social media icons to your Blogger sidebar in a way that they display and function properly. That method involved the use of an online image storage program like Photobucket, but there is also a way to upload icons to your sidebar with the use of Blogger itself. And I like to use that method myself, so today I am going to show you how it works!

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