It's easy to find out…go to https://www.google.com/webmasters/tools/mobile-friendly/ and enter your site's URL.
And you'll get your answer…..Sandi's site is mobile-friendly! This site, Blogs By Heather is not! So we'll go thru that later….
Let's review quickly two terms you probably keep hearing, Responsive and Mobile-Friendly. They are two separate things. Your site could be Responsive, but not Mobile Friendly.
Responsive means that it auto-resizes to fit any screen…whether it's your desktop, laptop, iPad or smart phone. For example, you can see this site on your smart phone, it resizes beautifully…but can your read it?
That leads us to Mobile Friendly….Just because a website or blog is responsive and can be scaled proportionally, it's usability and readability is not so good.
A site is mobile-friendly if it can be easily read and navigated from your smart phone without having to take out a magnifying glass or zooming in to read a blog post.
So, when a site is Mobile-Friendly is contains the same great information, but appears in a different layout. Check out Sandi's site for a great test. http://stampinwithsandi.ca. Look at it both on your ipad or desktop and then watch it change when you visit it from your smart phone!
Many mobile-friendly sites have the form of a logo at the type (in place of a banner), and a vertical layout of your navigation bar, followed by excerpts of your blog posts, and then your sidebar elements are normally towards the bottom of the page, again in a vertical layout. Sandi's is beautiful :D
Let's review Blogger, TypePad and WordPress.
Well, you have to figure this one would be 1-2-3 easy and it is! Google Blogger has a Mobile layout built-in. You just have to turn it on and viola!!! Done. In seconds!!!!!!
From your Dashboard, go to Layout and there is the Mobile layout!
Yea Blogger!!!! Check out my old paper crafting site, http://handstampedbyheather.com, on your laptop, ipad, and then via your smart phone.
Again, this video will be a snap for us to create for you at Stamping and Blogging. Stay tuned :D
Many WordPress themes are Responsive and Mobile-Friendly, such as Sandi MacIver's new Canadian blog: http://stampinwithsandi.ca. Check it out on your desktop and iPad. Then go to that site via your smart phone and check out how easy it is to now navigate the site and be able to "read" everything.
When choosing a WordPress theme for your site, be sure to read the description and that it's at least Responsive. Although a WordPress themes may be Responsive, it may not mobile-friendly yet, so you'll need to add a plugin. Most popular are:
In Stamping and Blogging, we'll experiment and create videos for WP Touch…I'll let you know when it's ready :D
TypePad will be the more challenging change for many of us that have custom designs. You can see here in my mini-tutorial on switching to a Responsive Design and using CSS code to load the custom banner. TypePad Everything support jumped in to share with us special code that would help the custom banner become "responsive".
However, TypePad also shared this tip in their article (on how to optimize your blog for mobile devices) for those using the Classic Theme Builder, which many of my clients do…so this may help get you started….
At Design > Theme Builder, check the Create as Responsive box and click Save Changes to make an existing design responsive. To create a new theme, go to Design > Choose A Theme, select Theme Builder, and click Choose. Then, you'll have the option to Create as Responsive and apply the new design to your blog.
Lastly, TypePad shares this article in response to how to make your TypePad blog mobile-friendly.
So I will share with you my experience as I transform this site, Blogs By Heather from Advanced Templates to a Responsive Design. The biggest challenge I'm thinking will be the dropdown menu….but we'll see :D
Additionally, in Stamping and Blogging we're creating videos on how to convert to a Responsive Design using the Classic Theme Builder "Create as Responsive" approach as this is the most common design choice used by my clients.
In closing, this new Google algorithm does not impact your desktop search results ranking. It only impacts your mobile-ranking and how Google identifies and lists those sites resulting from a search people are doing from their smart phones (mobile devices).
So first, make sure your site is at least Responsive. And then follow the above tips to make it Mobile Friendly or join Stamping and Blogging for step-by-step videos…coming this week!!!!
Have you ever wanted to have the same signature to appear at the bottom of every blog post so you don't manually have to do it? YES!!!! And now you can do it without much code and messing with the Editor!
In my previous tutorials, there's a lot of coding involved in getting this to work (and it does work), but those who have WordPress blogs can breathe a little easier with the use of a plugin called WP Post Signature! NOTE: Click here for my tutorials for Blogger, TypePad, and Wordpress.com (free WordPress).
Next, to modify the settings and add the code that will then be placed at the end of each post. If you want an image signature, you have to first load that image to your Media Manager. Click Edit, and then select and use that Image URL (you'll see below where to put it).
For more tutorials (video and PDF) on building your WordPress site, join us at Stamping and Blogging! We have a ton of videos including how to create post and pages, add sidebar items, edit HTML code like that used here, and so much more!
Here's a great new SEO tool for you! It's called AHrefs. Pretty cool name right? YES, since it's all about links...specifically what is known as "backlinks". Backlinks are simply those sites (which contain links) that link to you!
I used to to find those that I have lost.... Lost Links. Which normally means the post or page has been removed from the source or is now a broken link in that I may have deleted the page or post they were linking to, etc.
To help build your SEO ranking and overall online presence, you want high quality links to your site!
Now, I have not been posting like I used to back in the day...but I used my site as an example anyway to show you the Dashbaord and all the great info you can gain from this type of tool. I do have many links to my site, which is great :D But I have lost some links too. Anyway...give this tool a try! Visit https://ahrefs.com to get started.
Want to learn more on SEO and how to better build your blog...then join us at Stamping and Blogging for our complete How To Setup a Blog (over 70 videos), Better Business Blogging in 21 Days, Top Ten SEO Tools and tons of articles on blogging in general! Click to learn more about Stamping and Blogging!
Want to know how fast your site is loading? No? Well, you should. If your site doesn't load in approximately 5 seconds or less, then you're already lost a potential new follower, new customer.
You only have a few seconds to gain their interest. So in addition to having a site that loads fast, make sure it looks good (great!) and that you have a clear mission statement and call-to-action! They need to know what you offer and what the next step is.
Okay, so back to page speed. Check out this free tool by Pingdom. Simply enter your blog's address and wait for the results.
Want to know more? We are on Day 19 of our Better Business Blogging in 21 Days, and discuss even more tools for page speed and discuss the most common issues and how to fix them. Click to learn more about Stamping and Blogging!
As part of the blog maintenance at Stamping and Blogging, I'll be providing these beautiful images you can then use to create your own links and bring your post images to life!
Want to learn how?
Want to use these image(s) each month to promote Stampin' Up! products on your site, to link to your DBWS store in a NEW, fun, interactive way....then join Stamping & Blogging!
We have step-by-step instruction (PDF and video formats)...for Blogger, TypePad and WordPress! We always cover all three!
But what's more is that we'll create beautiful new images every month so you don't have to...and you can spend your time instead building your business :D
Want to experiment on your own?
Then go to ThingLink.com, create an account within seconds with your name, email and password...and get started today.
Have you ever wanted to quickly link to a bunch of products in your blog post? And have them link to your DBWS store page so you readers and customers can quickly purchase them through you?
YES!? Well then, here is your answer....
It's a wonderful, FREE tool for Stampin' Up! Demonstrators that will have your products appear in a blog post (or page) like Sandi's!
It's very easy to use, but if you're looking for step by step, instruction, then come on over and join us at Stamping and Blogging. Enjoy! :D
Have you ever wondered how you can create a cool image like this for your blog? It's called a Word Cloud and there's a free tool you can use to create it!
With Tagxedo, you can:
Just click CREATE to get started at http://www.TagXedo.com.
Want step by step instruction? Join Stamping and Blogging to view the PDF and video on this fun tool and many more tools to help you setup and maintain your blog!
I wanted to share with you some great articles I came across to help YOU be a better BLOGGER! In this round-up you'll find a ton of tools and blogging resources from hosting to training to photo editing to social media posting and sharing.
Looking for cool tools to use? Then check out this article by BlogLovin' - Blogging Resources I Couldn't Live Without. You definitely want to check out PicMonkey - photo editing tool! Instead of Buffer, use the popular HootSuite to schedule and manage your social media posts. Google Docs is now Google Drive.
Social Media Examiner is one of my favorite sites and I've attended many of their events (online). Their latest is Blogging Fundamentals for Business. While waiting, check out 16+ blogging resources they recommend.
Can't miss this massive collection of blogging tools from Mashable...120+ blogging resources in their Blogging Toolbox!
And lets not forget ProBlogger....here's a round-up of blogging resources from hosting to training to monetization!
Want to learn how to setup YOUR blog? Then join Sandi and I at Stamping and Blogging for a full set of step by step instruction on Blogger, TypePad and WordPress. The only site of its kind that covers all 3 blogging platforms!
You can also check out my book Creative Blogging, which was part of the inspiration in starting a site to help you be a better blogger and to teach you how to do it YOURself :D
In searching for a topic to share with you...I came across this great, free tool, My Site Auditor. I was first researching it about sharing a tutorial on how to install it on your site...but then if you're not in the Blog Developer, that would not be all that useful to you.
BUT...this tool itself is amazing and you have to go run your audit today, and try different keywords...you may find you get a better SEO Audit Score with different keywords.
When I did mine, I realized I don't use enough headings (H1, H2, H3 for example) and don't use my keywords enough in my headings. That I have to update my Meta Tag Description, and use more Alt tags on my images. Oh..and something about not using underscores...so be sure to use Dashes....It was very informative!
You may also use these tools to help identify and use keywords in your site, for your niche and expertise:
Enjoy and I hope this tool helps you better optimize your site!
Now that Sandi and I have finished our "How To Setup a Blog" series at Stamping and Blogging, and I've finished up the 101 Blogging Tips series here at Blogs By Heather, I'm back into giving you what I do best... "how to" tutorials. Have any suggesetions? Post them to my Q&A page - thanks :D
TypePad Tutorial: Responsive Design
Today's tutorial is on "How to use TypePad's new Responsive Design". It's not really for me personally as I now use Advanced Templates, have a custom dropdown menu and advanced coding, but I experimented anyway :D
NOTE: Create a test blog to experiment with!
See the Related Links at the bottom of the post for more help in customizing CSS.
background: url(http://heatherporto.typepad.com/BlogDesign-BlogSetup-Banner.png) no-repeat;
Related TypePad Links
on this new theme design:
Guess what? You can now purchase a yearly subscription to Stamping and Blogging! AND you save, getting 2 months FREE! For those that are currently monthly customers, cancel your current profile, let the month cycle complete and then Subscribe using the new button! Just remember to give me a heads up that you're switching payment plans! Email us at email@example.com. Thanks :D