Tuesday, September 28, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: My Helping Hands


This weeks Featured Shop is My Helping Hands Graphic Design. Custom Avatars, Banners and Ads!
You can find My Helping Hands Graphic Design at:





Friday, September 24, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: KP Designs


This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love.. Blogger's Unite is KP Designs! Kathy has wonderful creations. You can find KP Designs at:






Saturday, September 18, 2010

Marketing Tip: Adding a Retweet Button to your Blog

I find since adding the retweet button to my blog posts, it saves me so much time by one click retweet and I'm done. So everytime I'm on my blog I find a post to retweet. Click, confirm, done! It will also display how many times it's been retweeted. I'll tell you how to add it to Blogspot (Blogger).

1. Determine where you would like the retweet button to appear in your posts (My button is normal right):
 normal right, normal left







compact right, compact left




2. Now to get the code for which position you would like. HINT: I would open Word, notepad, somewhere to paste the code to. Once you decide which position you want, copy the code for that placement and paste it into Notepad, Word, wherever you chose to paste it.

Normal Left

<div style="float:left;padding:4px;">  <script type="text/javascript">  tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';  tweetmeme_source = 'your_twitter_user_name';  </script>  <script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>  </div>
 
Normal Right
<div style="float:right;padding:4px;">  <script type="text/javascript">  tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';  tweetmeme_source = 'your_twitter_user_name';  </script>  <script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>  </div>  
 
Compact Left
<div style="float:left;padding:4px;">  <script type="text/javascript">  tweetmeme_style = 'compact';  tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';  tweetmeme_source = 'your_twitter_user_name';  </script>  <script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>  </div>
 
Compact Right

<div style="float:right;padding:4px;">  <script type="text/javascript">  tweetmeme_style = 'compact';  tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';  tweetmeme_source = 'your_twitter_user_name';  </script>  <script type="text/javascript" src="http://tweetmeme.com/i/scripts/button.js"></script>  </div> 

 
3. See this in the code that you just pasted? 
'your_twitter_user_name' 
Change that to your Twitter username.
  
 
4. Open up your blogger, and go to the Design Mode. 
In the upper left corner you will see Page elements, 
Edit HTML, Template Designer Click on Edit HTML. 
You will see this screen:
  
See the Expand Widget Templates in the upper right corner of that box? Check that.


5. Within that box, find this code: 
<div class='post-header-line-1'/>
I suggest using the Find (control F) and paste that code in that search box. Or you can scroll through the code.  *** Please note, depending on how your blog was set up... templates, etc, if you cannot find this code, try this code: <data:post.body/> and move to step 6***.

6. Once you find that code, go to the Word, Notepad, etc document where you pasted that placement code. Copy it and paste that after the code
<div class='post-header-line-1'/>


7. Save template. If you preview, it will give you false tweet numbers, fyi. Go to your blog and you should see it in the place you wanted.

8. You're done! Retweet a blog post!  Hope this is helpful.

Great place to find Blog topics hints and tips.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A Deal That Can't Be Beat! Artfire @ $5.95/mo for LIFE!

http://www.artfire.com/groupdeal
 
If you currently have a Basic or Pro account with Artfire you already know about this promotion. For those who do not know about it, this is inside information. Only those with an Artfire Shop know about this. 

In order to get this $5.95/month rate (Which is a Pro Account), Artfire needs 20,000 people to get in on the Group Rate.  Don't have a basic account? That's okay...you just need to sign up for a basic account (free) to get early access. A quick run through the highlights:

To Get In On This Deal, sign up for a basic account and then be sure to go back and click on the "To Get In On This Deal" to be included in the group rate. Deadline is Monday, 9-20.  Signing up is important...
***If Artfire does not get to the 20,000, no one will get the rate***  You will NOT be charged anything.

On ArtFire.com your bill will always be $5.95/mth.
Whether you sell $1,000 or $100,000 this year, you will still pay only $5.95/month.
There are no hidden fees.
There is no contract.
There are no games.


The $5.95 comes out to short of 20 cents a day! Post as many items as you want everyday.

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Dean Designs

This weeks Featured Artisan is Deans Designs.
Beautiful creations by a very talented artisan! You can find Deans Designs at:

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

On A Personal Note

A couple of weeks ago I lost my marketing management job. Some of you may or may not know that. I moved to Dallas for this position. Originally I'm from Kansas City, Mo.  So now short of two years I'm yet again out of a job. This is the fourth time, not by my doing. These are desperate times and they call for desperate, unconventional measures. I wanted to reach out to my readers and see if anyone would have any contacts who may be willing to talk to me. I have created a website showcasing my resume and portfolio. (If you want to see what I look like, you can check out the site.) I am willing to relocate. I can stay in Dallas or go back to the Kansas City Metro area and I have friends in Chicago and the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. So I have several options, but will consider outside those possibilities.


I even have a Twitter account set up for my job search and of course optimized my LinkedIn profile. All of which can be found on my website.

If you can help, I would appreciate it.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

On Fire For Handmade Feature Artist: Gabs Bags


This weeks Featured Artisan on Share the Love.. Blogger's Unite is
Gabs Bags! Beautiful One of a Kind bags to Jazz up your wardrobe with!
You can find Gabs Bags at


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