Why you definitely need a virtual assistant

In my early days of blogging I never thought I’d ever need a virtual assistant. I’d listen to the seasoned pros talking about having virtual assistants and think – I just can’t afford to pay someone else. And anyway I don’t need a virtual assistant when I can do it all myself. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Just because … Read More

Everything you need to know about using a WordPress Child Theme

So you’ve set up your new blog and chosen a theme but have you thought about using a wordpress child theme? Child themes are really useful if you want to make changes to your theme and still be able to keep your theme updated. Don’t worry if you’ve already made changes to your theme, in this blog post I will … Read More

Tech Help Tuesday #3

Welcome back for the 3rd instalment of Tech Help Tuesday. It’s been a hectic month for me since the last edition with my sister’s wedding, a night away on the Welsh coast (filled with childhood memories) and lots of time helping bloggers with their tech woes. So enough about me, lets get stuck into helping you straight away. This week … Read More

How to hide Pinterest images in your blog posts the easy way

Pictures or ‘pins’ are really important on Pinterest. It’s a good idea to have more than one design per post to try to appeal to a a wider audience. The best way to do it is to hide Pinterest images in your blog posts. This is so that their posts aren’t full of vertical images that can  be a bit … Read More

How to set up a custom 404 page on WordPress

Not all bloggers think to set up a custom 404 page on their blogs. To be honest, if the lovely Aby Moore hadn’t mentioned it in one of her Facebook lives I’d never have thought about it. But it really is a brilliant idea. If someone lands on a page that isn’t there any more, with a custom 404 page … Read More

What is an XML Sitemap and does your blog need one?

An XML sitemap is basically a file that lists all the pages of your website to tell search engines how it’s structured. The clue is in the name really – it’s a map of your site. Search engine crawlers like the googlebots use it to help them crawl your site. Sitemaps tell search engines which pages are the most important … Read More

How to Optimise Images for blog posts [Video]

Knowing how to optimise images for blog posts is an important skill for a blogger.  You want your pictures to look good but not take days to load. When you work with brands you want to make sure that you do their products justice. You want to include lots of pictures but it’s no good if your readers get bored … Read More

Tech Help Tuesday #2 [Video]

Welcome back to tech help Tuesday, slightly later than planned but hey, that’s life. This week we’ve got a couple of questions around some hot topics in the blogging community – site speed and domain authority. Site speed is really important because Google do take it into account when ranking pages in it’s results. Domain authority is a metric that … Read More

How to take a WordPress backup

Knowing how to take a WordPress backup is an important skill for a WordPress blogger. It falls into the boring but must-do category of blogmin. I can hear you sigh but trust me, you’ll thank me some day. When you’ve accidentally installed demo content (yes I have actually done this) or a dodgy plugin corrupts your site you’ll be singing … Read More

How to use a Broken Link Checker and why it’s important

How often do you check your blog for broken links? Do you use a broken link checker? If not you should. The Broken Link Checker plugin is notorious for slowing down website loading speeds. Instead you should use a broken link checker website. You get the same information but with no performance overhead on your own site. Why do I need … Read More