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Due to a designer leaving soon to have a baby and increased work flow, Designer Blogs is now hiring! We are looking for two qualified designers to join our amazing team of talented designers.

Job Description:

Designer Blogs designers are responsible for creating and adding designs to our template and premade shops. They are also responsible for fulfilling accessory orders, premade orders, custom blog, and custom website orders as assigned to them. Our designers set their own hours and accept as much or little work as their time permits–however, it is expected that any work accepted be completed in a timely manner using professional and timely communication skills. This is a work-at-home position.

To apply, you must:

  • have the ability to design and install for Blogger blogs AND self-hosted WordPress.org blogs using the Genesis Framework and StudioPress Child Themes
  • be proficient in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and/or Illustrator
  • have a design style that compliments and reflects the Designer Blogs brand
  • be able to perform seamless Blogger to WordPress migrations
  • be loyal, friendly, trustworthy, and have exceptional customer service skills
  • be self-motivated to add and update designs to our template and premade shops
  • be capable of communicating clearly and frequently with assigned clients via email (and occasionally via phone or Skype)
  • be willing to go above and beyond for assigned clients
  • be dependable and able to follow through with promised dates and deadlines

 
If you meet this criteria and are interested in being considered, please click the link below to submit your application. We will contact you if we feel you are a good fit for our team (do not contact us).

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Mind Over Matter | Free Printable

Mind Over Matter Free PrintableI created this printable for a photo/art gallery that I am putting together in my new office space and thought I’d share it as a free printable because I absolutely love the concept of “mind over matter.” Have you read The Secret? If not, I highly recommend it. Our way of thinking really does have the power to bring to pass amazing realities. Allowing our mind to visualize the things we want to achieve in life (better relationships, health, success, wealth, etc.) will attract those things to us. Positive thinking has the power to change us as individuals and the world around us. I wanted this to hang in my office to help me constantly remember the direct influence my way of thinking has over changing my life. I hope it helps you remember that too!

Mind Over Matter Free Printable

The download includes four print sizes: 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 and 11×14. Enjoy.

For personal use only.

Posted by: Erin

Page Titles & Descriptions | SEO Quick Tip

3 Quick Seo TipsIf you have a blog or website, it’s important to understand the importance of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). The key to SEO is understanding how search engines view your website. Search engines are amazingly powerful and sophisticated pieces of machinery but they can’t interpret and understand a website in the same way that human’s can. SEO is what helps search engines “see” your website so that they can know how your information might be useful to people. Understanding SEO is vital in improving your search engine rankings.

Because SEO is so important, we are starting a post series called “SEO Quick Tips” where, every few weeks, we’ll be giving you a quick SEO tip that will help give your search engine rankings a boost.

Today’s focus: page titles and meta descriptions.


Page Titles

Page titles are the first item we’re discussing in our SEO series because title tags are considered one of the most important elements of SEO. Page titles are the titles of every post and page on your site. Using keywords in page and post titles can help your pages rank higher in Google as those keywords will often be highlighted as links to your website. Here’s an example of how our Ultimate Blog Planner is highlighted in Google when someone uses the search term “blog planner”:

Google Example

TIPS FOR WRITING SUCCESSFUL PAGE AND POST TITLES

  • Keep titles under 65 characters (including spaces)
  • Place keywords at the beginning of the title
  • Use your brand name at the end of the title
  • Use pipes (|) to seperate important keyword phrases
  • Keep phrases short and simple (eliminate these types of words: and, if, but, then, etc.)
  • Your titles should be short and concise and should accurately describe the content on the page

 


HOW TO SEO OPTIMIZE PAGE & POST TITLES

IN BLOGGER

SEO-BLOGGER-TITLES
By default, Blogger displays your blog title in front of each page or post title like the example above (ie: BLOG TITLE:POST TITLE)–however, this is not optimal for SEO. To change all of your post titles to be automatically SEO optimized (ie: POST TITLE | BLOG TITLE) follow these steps:

Step 1:

Log into your Blogger Dashboard and go to Template > Edit HTML. Click anywhere inside the code area and press CTRL + F to open the Blogger search box.

Step 2:

Search for this code:

<title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title>

Step 3:

Replace that code in the HTML with this code:

<b:if cond='data:blog.pageType == "item"'>
<title><data:blog.pageName/> | <data:blog.title/></title>
<b:else/>
<title><data:blog.pageTitle/></title> </b:if>

Click save and all of your past and future post and page titles will automatically be SEO optimized.
 

IN WORDPRESS

Step 1:

Make sure you have the latest version of the Yoast SEO plugin installed and activated.

Step 2:

Navigate to the post you want to edit the title on either by editing an existing post or creating a new post.

Step 3:

Scroll to the bottom of the page until you find the Yoast SEO section. The Snippet Editor will show you a preview of how the page will be displayed in search results. Click the Edit Snippet button and in the SEO Title area type in your title. Then click Update or Publish to save the changes.

Yoast SEO Plugin


Meta Descriptions

Although meta descriptions do not directly affect your search engine rankings, they do increase the likelihood of people clicking through to your site, which will indirectly improve your rankings. If you leave your meta descriptions blank, then Google will pull content from your page to display as the snippet. If you want control over what descriptions are displayed, then it’s wise to write up your own descriptions.

TIPS FOR WRITING SUCCESSFUL META DESCRIPTIONS

  • Keep description under 160 characters (including spaces)
  • Describe what the content of the page is about using sentences
  • Use quality and concise descriptions
  • Use unique meta descriptions for every page
  • Use a call to action to motivate people to click
  • Inspire curiosity with the wording you choose
  • Think about the keywords you are targeting and use those terms in your description

 


HOW TO ADD META DESCRIPTIONS TO POSTS AND PAGES

IN BLOGGER

STEP 1: ENABLE META DESCRIPTION FOR HOME PAGE

On your dashboard go to Settings > Search preferences > Meta tags > Description and then click the Edit link. Then select Yes. This will open a little box that will allow you type in a meta description for your site. Be sure to save the changes.

Enabling Meta Tags in Blogger

STEP 2: ADD META DESCRIPTIONS TO EACH POST AND PAGE

After you’ve completed step 1, you’ll now see a search description option on the right side of your post or page editor (Note: this will only appear after you’ve completed step 1). Click on Search Description and it will open a box where you can type in the meta description for that page or post. Click Done when you are finished. Do this on all past and future posts and pages for best SEO.

Enabling Meta Tags on Blogger Posts and Pages

IN WORDPRESS

Step 1:

Make sure you have the latest version of the Yoast SEO plugin installed and activated.

Step 2:

Navigate to the post you want to edit the description on either by editing an existing post or creating a new post.

Step 3:

Scroll to the bottom of the page until you find the Yoast SEO section again and click on Edit Snippet. This time, edit the meta description. Then click Update or Publish to save the changes.

Yoast SEO Plugin

Questions about anything not covered in the post? Leave them in the comments and we’ll do our best to answer.

Posted by: Erin

Free March Wallpaper

Free March Wallpaper

march wallpaper previewFree March Wallpaper

Happy Spring!
Enjoy this month’s wallpaper on all of your devices!

For personal use only.

Posted by: Erin

Free Monthly Blogger Template | February

free-monthly-blogger-templatesFebruary’s free Blogger template features St. Patrick’s themed flag bunting. When installed to your blog, you’ll be able to edit the title, tagline, and menu link titles. All of your existing sidebar gadgets will remain with this design. The title fonts and title font colors can be changed by you through the template editor. Everything else comes as shown in the preview. This design is NOT mobile responsive and is for Blogger only. For mobile responsive designs, please visit our $15 Blogger Template shop. Remember that by downloading this template you are agreeing to these terms. Enjoy!

preview

THIS DOWNLOAD IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.

 
FOR-MORE-TEMPLATE-DESIGNS

Posted by: Erin