The more and more I research blogs and look at other blogs, the more and more I find.
In an older post called "Useful Links to Help Bloggers," I had talked about a wonderful site called Blog Buster. This is the site that provided step-by-step instructions on how to change your layout to the 3 column format (which I adore).
Today, I discovered some new things on this site that are fun to add, ways to save space, and make your blog more attractive (or more to your personal style rather than the same old, same old blog template).
COLORED BACKGROUND WITH ROUNDED CORNERS
For the frequent visitors, you can see I have changed my blog to put a colored background with rounded corners for my middle section (You can chose any colors and even put colors in the background of the side bars. I have yet to decide if I like the light blue (do you?), but I thought it was fun. I just hope it does not make my blog look cheesy.
Want a colored background with rounded colors? VISIT HERE
LABEL DROP DOWN MENU
I had not had a labels widget on my blog since I have way to many labels (tags for posts). I did want to try the labels drop down menu and give it a whirl. Check on the right side of my blog to see what it looks like (under my "Blog Archive" section). This saves a ton of space for those who do include labels and is an easy way to search subjects on a blog.
Want your own drop down menu for your labels? VISIT HERE
MYBLOGLOG COMMENT AVATARS TO YOUR COMMENT SECTION
I signed up for MyBlogLog today. I am not too sure what this really does, but I will be in touch again about this. Many bloggers are signed up for it though. Anyways, if you have one (or even if you dont) this special feature will put BlogLog avatars with comments when a visitor to your blog comments on a post. Mine all have question marks for now, but I am going to see if this works.
Want avatars for those who comment to show up in your comments page? VISIT HERE
GET RID OF "NOFOLLOWS"
The three top search engines, Google, Yahoo, and MSN prevent you from becoming indexed in their searches most of the time because of this tag embedded in your blog "rel='nofollow'." This is used in HTML coding to reduce spam when indexing these sites. The bad part for you is that you are a "legit" site, but these codes automatically prevent you from being indexed into these sites. Yes, when we "Google" ourselves, they come up, but you could have EVEN MORE!
I could only find two of the three places where this code is embedded. Maybe you will have better luck, but 2 out of 3 still help.
Want the NOFOLLOW taken off of your HTML? VISIT HERE
NAVIGATION BLOG BUTTONS
I found a way to put text buttons on the blog. They are supposed to be light blue with white lettering, but I have not perfected it yet. It can be seen at the top of my blog on the upper right hand side. This is experimental for me...
Want your own link buttons for easy navigation? VISIT HERE
I have not decided if this is useful or annoying (Please kindly give me your opinion). Snapshop lets you view the webpage of an active link in a small "snapshot". It makes your site more interactive and does not affect the blog loading time. Please try it out on my site and let me know what you think.
Want your own Snap Shop widget on your blog? VISIT HERE
Well... I have been on the computer for way too long... Try these out and let me know what you think! I hope it helps you "Pimp out your blog" as some might say. Check back for more tips soon!
*Links and information provided by www.blogbuster.com under the "Tutorials" link.
*Image provided by etsy user spidercamp.