Monday, June 29, 2009

Get A Logo For Your Blog.

Get A Logo For Your Blog.

Do you have a logo for your blog? If not, get one soon. Logos will help you advertise your blog on the web, thus in turn bringing traffic to your blog. You can take part in logo exchange services like entrecard. Services like these will help promote your blog on the web. If you are still reading this, its for sure, you don't have a logo for your blog. And I know why? You think logo creation is time consuming. You think you need to learn Adobe Photoshop, Gimp etc. Moreover, Adobe Photoshop does not come free. Even if you use GPL licensed softwares like Gimp, it will take considerable time and patience to master it. I too used to think the same way, until I came across this.

Here is way by which you can get your logo done. Its fast, does not need any technical skills and above all its free. There is a site called free125cards which has a small utility that helps you build 125x125 logos really fast and easy. Here is a step by step method to create a logo using free125cards.

Go to free125cards and select a 125x125 card and then click on "Personalize".

Now add a text in the text field and click "Add text".

After you click "Add Text" the text appears on the screen. You can resize the text by using the small square (in red circle) at the bottom left corner of the text. Resize and place it on the logo.

After you are satisfied withe logo click "Save Image".

Now right-click and save it to your disk.

Thats it. Bingo...In few easy steps you have got your logo for your blog.


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Add A TweetMe Button For Blogger.

Add A TweetMe Button For Blogger.

This post is going to tell you how to embed a TweetMe button to your Blogger. A TweetMe button helps to popularize your blog. Twitter is the next big thing in social networking and micro-blogging. So, if you are popular on Twitter, your blog can be too. Add this button to let people share the knowledge through Twitter. Go, check it out.

First, log into your Blogger account. Click "Customize".

Click on "Layout" and then "Edit HTML". Expand the widget template checking the check box.

Find the following line in the template code:

<b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>

Place the code given below between the code above and </b:loop>.

<script type="text/javascript">tweetmeme_url = '<data:post.url/>';</script><script type="text/javascript"src=""></script>

If add this code just above </b:loop>, the button will appear at end of each post. If you add the code just after <b:loop values='data:posts' var='post'>, the button will appear at the beginning of each post. If you find any problems embedding the TweetMe button, do let me know.


Friday, June 26, 2009

Start Blogging.

Start Blogging.

Hey guys, as the blog name suggests, I will start from the very beginning, right from the point where you open your first blog account. First, open an account in any blogging platforms like Blogger, WordPress, TypePad etc. I prefer Blogger because I started blogging with Blogger. It doesn't matter which one you are using as long as you are comfortable with it. If you want to move to any other platform from Blogger, its possible with WordPress. You can do an import of your blog from any platform to WordPress.

Next step is to choose a suitable template depending on your blog. Below are given few sites which provide free as well as paid templates. Buying a template wont ensure your template to be unique but it surely reduce the possibility of similar templates on the web.

OurBloggerTemplates: It has a wide variety of Blogger templates starting from newbie templates to pro blogger templates. Most importantly its free.

CMSTheme: It provides templates for almost all platforms viz. Blogger, Drupal, WordPress, Joomla etc. Most of the templates are either free or has a GPL license.

FreeWebTemplates: The name says it all. Go ahead have a look.

ElegantThemes: Its a paid service. You can download all the themes once you register for $19.95 per year. Sounds affordable.

DreamTemplate: It has hell lot of stuff. Just check it out. You get lifetime access to the templates for $59.95. But if you want your template to be unique, you need to pay a heavy price. $2000 to $3000 per template.

TemplateWire: Full access for just $29.

EBlogTemplates: Its a paid service. $19.95 for unlimited access to the templates.

I guess this is enough food for thought for beginners. The best way to learn is to explore yourself. So go ahead and check out some of the listed websites. If you come across any other website which is related to templates please do comment. This will help all of us.


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